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CALF DIET

CALF RUMEN STARTER MEAL/PELLETS (20% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This is a high-energy, high-protein feed which is designed to stimulate rumen development in dairy calves. Containing high levels of digestible starch for optimal rumen villi development, it gives the perfect start to developing your heifer to calve down at 24 months.

Feeding Recommendations

  • It should be made available to calves from day 3 until weaning.
  • Ensure that the calf is given as much colostrum as possible at birth.
  • Ensure it is made available free choice, whilst it is fresh and clean.
  • A general rule of thumb is that weaning can take place when the calf is consuming a minimum of 1.0kg–1.2kg of Calf Rumen Starter consistently for 3 days.
Dairy Calf Sitting on Hay

CALF GROWER MEAL/PELLETS (16% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This feed is designed as a transition from the Calf Rumen Starter Meal/Pellets. It is a blend of high quality concentrates to maintain rumen villi growth, roughage for rumen function, as well as specifically designed vitamins and minerals to meet the calf’s daily requirements.

Feeding Recommendations

  • Offer free choice to calves soon after weaning up to the age of 5/6 months.
  • Feed ad-lib. with clean, fresh water and any additional forage/hay if available.
  • Expected intake will vary depending on body weight and breed, but will be in the region of 2kg–4kg/head/day during this period.
Dairy Cows in Feeding Pen

HEIFER MEAL/NUTS (14.5% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This feed is formulated for heifers and followers from the age of 5-6 months up to first lactation. It contains a blend of starches, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals designed to meet the demands of the modern growing heifer.

Feeding Recommendations

  • The feeding rate is 2kgs-8kgs/head/day depending on breed, age, size and grazing condition.
  • If possible, ensure plenty of good grazing or quality hay is also available.
  • Provide fresh, clean water at all times.
Dairy Cows being Milked in Milking Pen

DRY COW DIET

NF FAR OFF DRY COW MEAL (11.1% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This product has been designed to meet the nutritional needs of the cows during their dry period which is an optimal 60 day period. A good balance of energy and proteins, whilst meeting the demands of the vitamin and mineral profile, ensures the cows do not lose or gain excessive body condition critical for upcoming lactation.

Feeding Recommendations

  • Feed 3kgs-5kgs/cow/day depending on cow condition and quality of grazing ,from drying off until 21 days before calving
  • For the 21 days prior to calving , we recommend feeding the Close Up Dry Cow Meal.
  • Provide as much fresh, clean hay/straw as possible.
Dairy Cows Feeding on Hay

CLOSE UP DRY COW MEAL (15% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This product has a very specific design to serve the purpose of preparing the cow for calving. It should only be fed to cows 2–3 weeks before calving. Metabolic diseases around calving such as milk fever, ketosis, metritis, mastitis, displaced abomasum, dystocia are generally nutritionally related and can be mitigated with a good close up ration. Close Up Dry Cow Meal has been formulated to deliver the above-mentioned targets thus helping to maximize the upcoming lactation.

Feeding Recommendations

  • Feed 2kgs-5kgs/cow/day for 21 days before calving, depending on forage availability.
  • Ensure adequate clean, fresh hay or straw.
  • Minimize access to green forage due to their high potassium content. The green forage may predispose them to milk fever.
  • Note: This product contains anionic salts, which may limit intake. It is recommended to adapt the cows onto the Close Up Dry Cow Meal from the NF Far Off-Dry Cow Meal for a couple of days.
Dairy Cows Near Feeding Trough

MILKING HERD DIET

SILALAK DAIRY MEAL (20% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This is a high-quality feed designed using high-quality sources of digestible concentrates for higher producers and fresh cows. It can also be used as a silage balancer providing adequate protein to balance the energy provided by the silage.

Feeding Recommendations

  • Feed 375g-400g/kg of milk produced plus an additional 1.5kgs-2kgs allowance for maintenance OR feed ad-lib to high producers who's milk production demands it, whilst ensuring adequate forage availability.
  • This feed has a buffer.
  • For further recommendations, consult with your National Foods Technical Advisor.
Dairy Cows Eating Feed

MIDLAK DAIRY MEAL (18% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This feed has been designed for the mid to end lactation period but is also suitable as a general milking feed. Providing all the essential nutrients and vitamins and minerals for milk production, as well as fertility and reproduction, Midlak is a great option for simplicity in nutrition throughout the herd.

Feeding Recommendations

  • Feed 0.5kg per kg of milk produced plus up to 2kg for maintenance.
  • It can also be fed up to 20kg/cow/day, dependant on body weight, production, breed and availability of grazing/forage.
  • This feed contains a buffer.
  • For further recommendations, consult with your National Foods Technical Advisor.
Dairy Cows in Meadow

URELAK DAIRY MEAL (18% CRUDE PROTEIN)

This feed has been designed for the mid to end lactation period but is also suitable as a general milking feed. Providing all the essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals for milk production, as well as fertility and reproduction, Urelak is a great option for simplicity in nutrition throughout the herd. With a maximum urea content of 0.8%, Urelak is suitable in times of poor roughage quality and availability to help the rumen microbes in fibre degradation, ultimately providing more nutrients for milk production.

Feeding Recommendations

  • Feed at 0.5kg per kg of milk produced plus up to 2kg for maintenance.
  • It can also be fed up to 20kg/cow/day, dependant on body weight, production, breed and availability of grazing/forage.
  • This feed contains a buffer, and may contain up to 0.8% urea.
Dairy Cows Sitting in Pen

PASTULAK MEAL/NUTS (16% Crude Protein)

This feed has been designed to balance out high quality pastures or grazing. Whilst most of the protein may be provided by the pasture, the lacking energy, by-pass proteins, minerals and vitamins are provided using Pastulak; helping the cow deliver optimal yields and ensuring fertility.

Feeding Recommendations

  • Feed at 460g-600g/litre of milk produced per day, plus 2kgs-2.5kgs allowance for maintenance.
  • Ensure good quality pasture/grazing, quality hay or equivalent is available.
  • This feed has a buffer included as well to control ruminal PH.
  • This ration does NOT contain urea.
Dairy Calf being Guided

MILKING HERD CONCENTRATES

40% DAIRY CONCENTRATE (40% Crude Protein)

This is a non-urea based concentrate which is meant to be mixed with maize or equivalent in either of two ratios: 1:3 or 3:5.

Feeding Recommendations

  • The 1:3 ratio produces a 16% Crude Protein diet which equates to Pastulak Dairy Meal and should be fed as such.
  • The 3:5 ratio produces a 20% diet which equates to Silalak Dairy Meal and will be fed as such.
  • Consult your National Foods Technical Advisor for further recommendations for your conditions.
Dairy Cow Feeding Pen

45% DAIRY CONCENTRATE (45% Crude Protein)

This is a UREA-based concentrate which is supposed to be mixed with maize or equivalent in the ratio 3:8.

Feeding Recommendations

  • The resultant feed equates to Midlak Dairy Meal (18% Crude Protein, maximum 1.1% urea) and should be used as such.
Dairy Cows in Field

26% Dairy Concentrate (26% Crude Protein)

This is a non-urea based dairy concentrate, which should be mixed with maize or equivalent in the ratio 1:1 to produce a 16-17% Crude Protein ration. The resultant feed equates to Pastulak Dairy Meal and should be fed as such.

Dairy Milk Processing

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