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Mixing Livestock Milk Replacers Properly

1. Sav-A-Lamb 23% Milk Replacer Quantity to Be Prepared
  • Be sure to read instructions on bag or tag. Not all products have the same-sized cups, and different species require various mixtures.
  • Fill plastic cup with milk replacer (milk replacer density can vary; periodically check the quantity the cup holds).
  • Put required quantity of clean warm water at 110° to 115° in a clean bucket.

2. Mixing

  • Always use warm water except for products designed to be fed cold (C.A.L.F., pig milk replacer and lamb milk replacer).
  • Sprinkle milk replacer from the plastic cup onto the surface of the warm water.
  • If powder is dumped from cup onto the water surface, large balls may sink to the bottom of the
  • Use a wire whisk that can reach the bottom of the bucket and stir briskly to completely suspend the milk replacer.
  • If using milk mixing machine, do not over mix by running the machine too long.
  • If a milk replacer contains alternate protein sources, a few quick stirs periodically will help keep the product suspended and prevent settling. If large quantities of milk replacer are mixed, stir every 5 minutes to prevent settling.

3. Feeding

  • Follow feeding directions supplied with product.
  • Only mix enough milk replacer for the current feeding.

4. Caution

  • Do not mix milk replacer and water in a nipple bottle. Instead, first prepare the solution and pour mixed milk into bottle.
  • Don’t use a stick or similar instrument to mix milk replacer—some agitation is needed whichcan best be achieved with a wire whisk.
  • Don’t add water to powder—it makes mixing more difficult.
  • Sanitation is important—clean all utensils after each feeding.
  • To keep milk replacer powder fresh, tightly roll the bag closed and store in a cool, dry place. 

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