Volac has launched a new 100% dairy protein milk formula designed to help cattle farmers manage persistent digestive disturbances amongst their calves.

The company says that Imunogard has been formulated specifically for under-performing stressed calves or to meet the needs of calf units that are suffering a stubborn scour problem that cannot be overcome by an improvement in environmental hygiene.

Ian Watson, Volac global technical manager, explains that the new 23% crude protein calf milk formula is vegetable protein-free, so is easily digested by calves under stress. “The protein in Imunogard is 100% dairy,” he says. “By formulating to 100% dairy protein, we can maximise the level of Imunopro in this new product. This also increases the delivery of the functional whey proteins (contained within Imunopro) to the calf, which gives it the best chance of fighting off a disease challenge.” He also points out that the new product contains a slightly higher fat content to allow for more energy to be metabolised for growth.

Imunogard also incorporates Celmanax, an established hydrolysed yeast culture from Church & Dwight, which can help improve calf gut function and mitigate the effect of a number of harmful pathogens. Mr Watson comments: “Proven hydrolysed yeast cultures not only provide readily digestible refined functional carbohydrates for the calf; they also have a recognised prebiotic function. Put simply, the inclusion of Celmanax feeds the calf’s beneficial gut bacteria and helps bind them to damaging bugs, such as cryptosporidia, E coli and Salmonella spp. This stops these harmful pathogens from binding to the gut wall and taking hold to cause disease signs such as scouring.

“For example, independent scientific trials have demonstrated that calves supplemented with Celmanax shed three times less cryptosporidium oocysts than those which were not, thus helping to reduce the spread of cryptosporidiosis. The Celmanax supplemented calves also had improved faecal and dehydration scores.”

The new calf milk formula should be mixed at the rate of 150g in every litre of water and be fed to calves according to Volac’s standard growth curve recommendations.

Further information about Imunogard from Volac on freephone 0800 919808.