The guys are wrapping up fall calving at the ranch, and I wanted to share a colostrum product we've been using since this spring, that we're highly impressed with.
Genesis Colostrum Products, sold by Genex have become our new "go to" colostrum replacements. We rarely have to use a colostrum supplement, because our preferred method of getting calves colostrum is to get the cow in and milk the colostrum out of her, before feeding it to her calf.
But I think everyone's probably stumbled across the scene we did at the ranch a few weeks ago.....you go out to check calving cows, and find 4 calves and only 2 fresh cows. So somewhere in the night, someone had twins (or triplets, but we don't think so since the calves were decent sized) and decided not to claim them. The two fresh cows we found had already each claimed a calf, and were sucked out leaving us without a source of colostrum for the two other calves who hadn't nursed or been licked off.
So that's when we head to the sale barn refrigerator and mix up a bag of Genesis. The colostrum ideally should be kept refrigerated, and since it comes in a flat bag, they fit perfectly in the bottom shelf of a refrigerator and are ready and waiting when we need them.
The Genesis colostrum product mixes SO well....and for anyone who's fed other colostrum replacement products, then you know mixing them sometimes resembles mixing cement.
Chunks galore, and mixing for days to just get a consistency the calf will actually nurse.
But not with Genesis - this stuff mixes like a dream! Almost better than most milk replacers, honestly. And the product comes in a bag that has a cap on it....so you just add your water to the bag that already has the colostrum replacement in it, cap it and shake....then head to the field where the calf is, unscrew the cap, replace it with the disposable tuber and give it to the calf. When you're done, you throw it all away.
No mess. No spills. No bottles or tubers to disinfect.
And most importantly, you're left with a happy and healthy calf.
Now this stuff is not cheap.....but any colostrum replacement product worth it's salt will cost you a few dollars. We've fed it now to four calves since last spring (two last spring and two this fall), and all four calves are alive and thriving. Obviously, the investment in a high quality colostrum replacement was worthwhile, when it allows a calf to get off to a great start.
We started out using the Genesis 50g bags (shown in the picture above), but ended up ordering the Genesis 150g bags last time since those provide 3 times the volume (and nutrients) as the 50 g bags and we think our beef calves can handle that in one feeding.
I just wanted to share, since dealing with bummer calves or twins is stressful enough, without having to worry about whether or not they've gotten quality colostrum.
And when you find a colostrum product you love, and that is easy to use - well, that's almost as good as the feeling you get when you go back to that calf later in the day and it starts sucking a bottle and continues to thrive.
*Note - Clint is a Genex rep, and can sell this product....but I didn't write this post to push the product, I wrote it because we honestly love the product and wanted to share since it can be hard to find a good colostrum replacement product.