Cogent launches Primestart Colostrum

26 Apr , 2021  

As part of its continual commitment to improving dairy and beef genetics in the UK, Cogent has launched Primestart Colostrum, a water soluble, fortified colostrum product, which aims to ensure newborn calves are offered a natural, high quality colostrum feed at birth.

Guaranteed to be free from TB, EBL, IBR & JOHNES, Primestart Colostrum is fully approved by the VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate), and gives farmers assurance that calves will be fed a superior colostrum product, whilst protecting them from a range of transferable health risks.  

“A huge amount of effort and expense goes into getting a calf on the ground, and that calf should offer the best genetics that herd has to offer, so it stands to reason we want to ensure it thrives,” explains Stuart Boothman, Managing Director for Cogent. “Those first hours are critical and the health, growth and performance of that animal from that point onwards is greatly influenced by the quality and timing of its first colostrum feed.”

To maximise the benefit of colostrum, it is vital to follow the three Q’s – quickly, quality and quantity, and yet management can be challenging. “There are times when it is in short supply or non-existent; it may be low quality or the farmer may be concerned about the maternal health disease status,” adds Stuart. “Or it could be simply there are time restraints and thawing isn’t an option. Primestart Colostrum offers an exceptional substitute; it is high in quality, protects the calf from disease, offers essential nutrients and is easy to use. It can be used with confidence that the calf has received the vital immunoglobulins required to build immunity and promote health.”

Primestart Colostrum, which is manufactured in the UK, is available in boxes of 12 or pallets of 40 boxes. Each sachet is 700g, which is mixed with 2 litres of warm water and fed to each calf within the first 6 hours of life.

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