The preparation of the milk replacers
The preparation of milk replacers,
Nothing new, right? Still we see that in practice things unintentionally go wrong from time to time. Leading to digestive problems and quality loss of the product, or worse.
Unfortunately, because with a few tips and tricks and some careful attention this can easily be avoided!
First of all we must distinguish the difference between our breading products, the Maxilac. And the fattening products, the Maxistart and Maxigrow. Because of the differences in composition in both product categories, they demand a different preparation.
The preparation step by step:
The first step, and this goes for all products, is to take care of a good hygiene. Assure yourself that all the equipment (buckets, nipples, mixers etc.) are clean before usage.
The Maxilac products
These products are suitable for both manual and machined preparation and also for automatic calf feeders
- Calculate the total amount of powder needed and weigh this with a scale;
- Measure the total amount of water needed and make sure its temperature is 45°C. Keep in mind that,
- especially during winter time, the water cools down fast;
- Gradually add the powder to the water, preferably whilst mixing;
- Mix till all powder is dissolved. Try to avoid unnecessary mixing, this can lead to quality loss;
- The optimal drinking temperature is 40°C. Regularly check this by taking the temperature from the buckets/troughs. By pouring the milk into these, the temperature can unintentionally drop fast;
- After feeding clean all the used equipment with hot water and detergent and let dry.
The Maxistart and Maxigrow products
These are suited for machined preparation only.
- When using bagged goods: measure the total amount of powder needed with a weighing instrument. When using bulk: set the computer to the right amount of powder;
- Fill the mixer by using hot water with a temperature of 75°C (never above the 80°C!) to 45% of the total amount of water needed;
- Gradually add the powder to the water with the mixer switched on. The mixer should have a capacity of at least 1200-1400 rpm;
- Fill the rotating mixer further with cold water till it reaches a temperature of 67°C and let it mix for four minutes;
- Fill the mixer with cold water till the desired amount of milk with a temperature of 41-44°C. The ideal drinking temperature is 40°C. Note that during feeding, milk can cool down very quickly, especially in winter. It’s recommended to regularly check the actual temperature in the bucket/trough;
- Always dose medications and vitamins after the mixing at the final temperature. Many medications and vitamins lose their effect at too high temperatures (>50°C);
- After every feeding clean equipment with hot water and detergent.
Note: When you use automatic equipment, it is advisable to periodically calibrate your devices.
In case you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.