Stimulation of Rumen Development is Critical for Optimum Weaning and Transition


Research has shown that early calf starter feeding is important for three main reasons:

  • Significantly helps develop rumen function and capacity when weaned onto dry feed.
  • Dry calf starter should be available by day three, consumption of  0.25 – 0.5 lbs. by two weeks of age, and two -three pounds per day consistently before weaning
  • Earlier immune development from improved rumen function and nutrient intake.

Improved calf weight gains and development goals associated with earlier puberty, lower age at first calving, better first lactation milk production and health status during lactation

As the young calf begins to consume dry feed, ingested bacteria initiates rumen fermentation and production of volatile fatty acids (VFA’S) primarily acetic, propionic, and butyric acid.

Research has shown RumaCell increases the butyric acid levels in rumen fermentation which contributes to accelerated rumen development in weaned calves. The unique profile of bioactive compounds in RumaCell supports microbial populations and butyric acid production in the rumen which is directly utilized for development of rumen tissues.

Challenges of Weaned Calves in Transition and Growing Phases

Calves weaned and moved to group housing before adequate rumen development has occurred, will be challenged by the stress of the new environment. The calves typically show reduced feed intake and may even lose weight for several weeks and health setbacks occur due to underdeveloped immune function.

To meet the demands of intense production, the calf must begin development of the bodily organs and tissues at an early age and transition into a strong and efficient forage utilizer.   When fresh, we want a cow with significant digestive capacity and production efficiency to have a long and successful lifetime in the herd. Developing optimum rumen function from birth through lactation is the key to maintaining the health, production and profitability of the herd.

RumaCell from Pacer Technology supports rumen function by supporting microbial populations in the digestive system of the rumen and intestine for efficient nutrient digestion and adsorption needed for productive lactations and animal health.

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