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Build a Better Heifer

WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR CALVES TODAY, WILL IMPACT A LIFETIME.

The Build a Better Heifer program focuses on four key categories formulated solely for pre-weaned dairy and beef calves. Uniting industry calf and nutrition experts, this program focuses on colostrum management, immune system development, critical health stages and strategic liquid feeding to ensure your calves become healthy, productive replacements in the herd.

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SUCCESSFUL PASSIVE TRANSFER

Phase 1

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The goal of feeding colostrum is to achieve successful passive transfer which occurs when enough antibodies from quality maternal colostrum or colostrum replacer are absorbed into the bloodstream of the calf. This enhances the calf’s opportunity for a healthy start, can improve growth rates and feed efficiency, decrease age at first calving, and increase first and second lactation productivity.

FIRST DAY FORMULA® CR

A colostrum replacer or supplement for newborn dairy and beef calves. First Day Formula CR contains dried, natural bovine colostrum and is fortified with essential vitamins and trace minerals.

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FIRST DAY FORMULA®  CR DELUXE

A colostrum replacer for newborn dairy and beef calves. First Day Formula CR Deluxe features all the benefits of First Day Formula plus the addition of First Defense Technology®.

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FIRST DAY FORMULA® CS

First Day Formula® CS is fed as a colostrum supplement to maternal colostrum for newborn dairy and beef calves, or as a nutritional supplement to stressed dairy or beef calves.

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critical first 21 days

PHASE 2

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A calf must rely on antibodies provided from colostrum replacer or maternal colostrum until its own immune system is developed at 1-2 months of age. With half-life of colostrum antibodies approximately 16 days and a calf’s immune system not fully developed yet, the calf is vulnerable during this time to pathogens that cause digestive and respiratory disease. Therefore, the greatest incidence of illnesses and the highest mortality risk exists in the first 21 days of life.

FIRST 21®

First 21 is a unique combination of bio active feed ingredients designed specifically to assist in bridging the critical immunity gap between antibodies provided by colostrum replacer or maternal colostrum until a calf's own immune system is developed. First 21 is available as a nutritional supplement to be added to whole milk or milk replacer or as a complete milk replacer to be fed to pre-weaned calves.

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CONVERT™ DAY ONE GEL

CONVERT Day One Gel contains a special blend of naturally occurring direct-fed microorganisms, unique and proprietary L-form Lactobacillus, microbial sugars, enzymes, and specialized proteins in a gel form. These ingredients provide essential management tools for production and environmentally related challenges. 

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Strategic Liquid Feeding

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Choosing the proper milk replacer will help keep calves healthy and assist you in reaching your business objectives. To achieve your calf performance goals, an optimal milk replacer feeding program can be developed combining the appropriate quality milk replacer formulation.

When it comes to pasteurized waste milk, many believe whole milk is “nature’s perfect calf diet;” however, to achieve optimal pre-weaning performance whole/waste milk needs enhancement in three ways: balance, extend and fortify.

Milk Replacer

Used as a complete source of nutrition for pre-weaned dairy and beef calves, these premium quality milk replacer formulations provide high digestibility and performance. They provide beneficial microflora for competitive exclusion of pathogens, reduction of scours, as well as improved feed intake, utilization and weight gain.

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Accel Whole Milk Protein Pivot

A supplement to be added to pasteurized whole milk and fed to pre-weaned calves. Accel Whole Milk Protein Pivot allows for optimizing pasteurized whole milk by increasing solids to meet dry matter intake target, shift the protein:fat ratio in favor of optimal performance to meet calf development goals, and extend supply to meet daily calf feeding needs. 

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Accel Milk Fortifier Medicated

Accel Milk Fortifier Medicated is a concentrated vitamin and mineral supplement to be added to pasteurized whole milk and fed to pre-weaned calves to support immune development, calf health, growth and development. Accel Milk Fortifier Medicated contains Bovatec® to control coccidiosis and ClariFly® insect regulator for control of flies as well as naturally occurring microorganisms.

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Management & Environmental Events

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In the young calf, multiple energy dependent processes that cause calf stress leading up to weaning are occurring simultaneously. It is important to keep pathogens from establishing themselves in the gut which interrupts essential processes, promote hydration for calf health and recovery, and ensure a clean and well ventilated environment.

TRI-PURIFY

Tri-Purify is a natural essential oil dietary additive that has a strong antibacterial cleansing effect to improve the natural immune system.

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TRI-START JR.

A direct-fed microbial for calves formulated to benefit both the rumen and intestinal tract. Tri-Start Jr. contains 20 billion colony forming units (CFU's) to help stimulate feed intake by improving rumen function and health by establishing microbial populations which helps crowd out pathogens. Live lactic acid forming bacteria, and live cell yeast and fungi enhance the environment of the digestive tract activating the naturally occurring beneficial digestive microbes.

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TRI-START JR.+ Paste Form

The latest in calf research technology, the unique formulation of Tri-Start Jr.+ includes rumen and intestinal tract microbes, essential vitamins (C, E and B), selenium yeast, egg antibodies and a coated short chain fatty acid. This ingredient combination helps improve rumen function and health by establishing microbial populations which crowd out pathogens.

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TRI-MIC WD

Tri-Mic WD is a water dispersible, daily dose, direct-fed microbial, formulated to provide a complex combination of live, naturally occurring microorganisms to enhance the environment of the gastrointestinal tract. Tri-Mic WD is formulated to drive feed intake, enhances feed utilization and growth rates, and supports the GI system when introducing dry feeds.

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CALF ACCELLYTE

Calf Accellyte is a source of energy, electrolytes and fructo-oligosaccharides for nutritional support of non-ruminating calves. Calf Accellyte is formulated to replenish electrolytes and restore proper fluid balance, improve electrolyte and water absorption, aid in minimizing metabolic acidosis and help establish beneficial microbial populations.

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ACCEL RS

Accel RS is a complete recovery solution. This specialized, 4-modes of action formula, has been developed to help your calves RESTORE nutrients, RE-ENERGIZE the body, RECOLONIZE the gut and REHYDRATE their system.

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ACCEL ENERGY

Accel Energy is a 60% fat, 7% protein supplement to be added to milk replacer or pasteurized whole milk. It provides calves the extra energy they need for survival and optimal growth to combat cold stress.

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CONVERT™ Ranch Pack

The CONVERT Ranch Pack contains a special blend of naturally occurring direct-fed microorganisms, unique and proprietary L-form Lactobacillus, microbial sugars, enzymes, and specialized proteins. These ingredients provide essential management tools for production and environmentally related challenges. 

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CONVERT™ Calf Bolus

The CONVERT Calf Bolus contains a special blend of naturally occurring direct-fed microorganisms, unique and proprietary L-form Lactobacillus, microbial sugars, enzymes, and specialized proteins. These ingredients provide essential management tools for production and environmentally related challenges. 

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CALF-TEL® Calf Housing
Using innovative thermoforming technology, Calf-Tel offers durable, UV resilient, well-ventilated and hygienic calf housing systems. Select Sires offers the complete line of Calf-Tel calf-housing products. Whether you’re raising 10 calves or 10,000 calves we have calf housing that can help improve your labor efficiency, calf health, and profitability. In addition to calf hutches, calf pens, and group housing, we offer a complete array of accessories.
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Select Coat

This water-resistant calf coat provides additional protection to calves during inclement weather. Select Coats are made with proprietary insulation that wicks moisture away from the calf and provides superior thermal capabilities.

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EfferSan
Safe enough for food surfaces and tough enough for hospitals, EfferSan is the perfect solution for disinfecting your calf’s environment. A great solution for calf hutches, pens and feeding equipment. EfferSan pre-measured tablets dissolve in tap water to achieve the precise deodorizing, sanitizing and disinfecting concentrations you need. This non-corrosive, non-toxic, mild pH formula is tough on germs and odors but gentle on skin and surfaces.
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