Anti-diarrhoeal treatment for your young livestock
A calf anti-diarrhoeal (diarrhea or scours) product, OptiCalf is a coarser milled zeolite product sold through many rural retailers around the country such as Farmlands, PGG Wrightsons and Farm Source.
Question: How does OptiCalf help with diarrhoea (diarrhea)?
Answer: Its ability to absorb water and slow digestion.
- OptiCalf removes some water from the digesta in the digestive track.
- The digesta is therefore drier, so it moves a bit slower through the digestive tract allowing more time for digestion and nutrient uptake.
- This can also help to reduce the effects of dehydration due to scours.
- In new born calves the intestinal wall is still porous allowing large antibody molecules through intact.
- By helping to slow down the passage of the colostrum a bit, OptiCalf allows more time for antibodies to be absorbed.
Question: How much does OptiCalf cost?
Answer: less than $1 per calf for 8 weeks
- At a dose rate of 15 grams the cost per calf (for 30 calves) is a mere 1.6 cents per calf per day.
- That’s just under $1 per calf if fed for a total of 8 weeks.
- Each bag costing around $30 supplies enough product to supply 30 calves through to weaning at 8 weeks.
“Is $1 too much to pay for a stronger healthier calf?”
Question: What is zeolite?
- Naturally abundant in volcanic areas
- NZ sourced and processed – Biogro & organic certified
- NZ zeolites are unique – clean, open, and soft structure
- Aluminosilicate rock with a unique 3 dimensional honeycomb porous structure
- Incredible absorption capability of liquids and compounds.
- Natural and safe for all animals including calves, cows, goats, pigs chickens and horses
- Beneficial for the gastro intestinal tract and nutrient absorption
- Effective in binding toxins and other harmful pathogens for the prevention of scours
- Palatable and easy to feed
- Cost effective
Exchange capacity (- negative charge)
OptiCalf has an extremely high exchange capacity on each particle.
Question: What is exchange capacity?
Answer: Exchange capacity is a measure of negative charge on each particle, typically the finer or more porous the particle, the greater the negative charge.
Question: Why is the negative charge so important?
- The majority of bacterial and viral toxins produced carry a positive charge.
- Viruses such as Rotovirus carry a positive charge on the outer membrane.
Question: How do I use OptiCalf?
- Addition rates from 10-20 grams per calf per day – or ad lib as necessary.
- OptiCalf can be added to your calf meal mix, or placed directly into feed troughs to allow calves to self-manage their intake. You cannot overfeed OptiCalf.
- Due to the palatability, Opticalf can be used to transition calves onto hard feed, just sprinkle on top of their meal.
- Ensure calves have access to plenty of fresh water.