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Bottled milk for calves

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  • 370 rupees for 5 kg milk powder

THRISSUR: Instead of mother cow's milk, milk powder of equal nutritional value to feed the calf is all ready to hit the market. The milk powder is manufactured by Amul. Milma Malabar Union will start supplying subsidized milk powder to farmers within a week.

The calf drinks up to three liters of mother cow's milk per day for three months. A calf drinks an average of 225-270 liters. At Rs 45 per liter, it will cost the farmer Rs 10,125-12,150. The price of 100 grams of milk replacer to make a solution equal to one liter of milk is Rs.14.80. After deducting a 50 percent subsidy, the farmer has to pay only Rs 7.40. Initially, three packs of five kg each will be given. Feeding green grass along with the milk replacer improves calf growth and digestion.

Method in which it should be fed

  • One and a half glasses of water should be taken from one liter of lukewarm water and 100 grams of powder should be mixed and dissolved. This can be mixed with the rest of the water and fed to the calf
  • It should be given to the calf from the second week after birth only. First, a small amount of milk replacer should be given in addition to the mother's milk
  • It should be increased slowly to reach 350 grams in the sixth week. Then by reducing 50 grams each week, it should reach 50 grams by the twelfth week.

Ingredients

  • Soy, mineral mix, vitamin A, D3 and E
  • Protein- 20-22%
  • Fat- 16- 18%
  • Fiber- 1.0%
  • Mineral- 1.0%

Qualities

  1. Adequate nutrition
  2. Proper growth
  3. Better immunity
  4. Menstrual cycle and pregnancy happen earlier
  5. A strong stomach

It is profitable for dairy farmers. The calf will also be in good health.

KC James

General Manager, Milma, Kozhikode.

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