We know that when a calf drinks 1 litre in under 2 minutes the lactose absorption is reduced which impacts daily weight gain and increases the risk of nutritional diarrhoea as lactose passes through the intestines.
For optimum health calves should start with a new Milk Bar™ Teat and stay with that teat, or a teat of a similar age until weaning.
The Vitality Management System gives you a simple method to ensure all calves are drinking at the correct speed until weaning.
Each week is allocated a colour and calves born in that week are tagged and identified by that allocated colour.
- Fit a NEW Milk Bar™ Teat to the Teat Clip.
- Snap the Teat Clip into the Bottle Cap and screw to the bottle.
- Attach a Vitality Tag of the same colour as the Teat Clip to the calf’s pen, hutch or chute.
- At feed times, simply match the teat clip to the hutch tag.
When calves from Week 1 are weaned, remove the worn Milk Bar™ Teat from the Vitality Bottle Cap and insert a new Milk Bar™ Teat for calves born in Week 11.
Smaller farms with 10 calves or less being fed at a time can also use the Milk Bar™ Vitality System. Simply allocate a different colour for each calf.
For pairing, or grouping calves, simply use two or more Teat Clips of the same colour and continue to match the coloured Teat Clips to the Vitality Tag until weaning.
Important! When calves are weaned it is important to discard the used Milk Bar Teats. By now they will be worn and will feed young calves too quickly.
Installing the Vitality System is simple. The pack contains all the parts you need to attached the chute to both vertical and horizontal bars.
Once the chute is fixed to the hutch, it will stay there and is made from robust, weather proof material.
Each pack of Milk Bar Vitality System comes complete to equip five hutches or pens.
5 Milk Bar™ Vitality Bottle 3L
5 Milk Bar™ Vitality Bottle Cap
5 Milk Bar™ Vitality Bottle Chute
5 Milk Bar™ Vitality Aligning Socket
1 Milk Bar™ Training Teat
10 Milk Bar™ Teat
10 Milk Bar™ Vitality Teat Clips (one of each colour)
10 Milk Bar™ Vitality Vitality Tags (one of each colour)
There are extra Milk Bar™ Teats and coloured teat clips if you need them. When setting up your farm, allow one bottle per hutch, for example, for 10 hutches you will need two packs of the Vitality System.