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Cattle vet and top dairy farmer swears by Rehydion Gel
Cattle vet and top performing dairy farmer, John Moore, swears by Rehydion Gel. Not only does he recommend it to his dairy and suckler farmer clients, he also uses it on his own dairy herd.
To achieve his dairy optimum performance, John is selective about the products and medicines he uses on his dairy herd. He started using Rehydion Gel 2 years ago and is very happy with it. John says
“I’ve high standards on my farm and only use quality products that are guaranteed to work. I know that Rehydion Gel will do the job and I don’t have to deal with the issues that result with scour.”
John comes from the renowned pig and dairy Moore farming family near Croghan near Tullamore, Co. Offaly. John has a herd of 50 milking pedigree Holstein highly genetic merit cows. He runs a high input, high output system and uses a robotic milking system. John supplies liquid milk and has mostly autumn calving. John feeds 2.5 tonne/cow and averages 9,500 litres of milk per cow. He has quality milk with 3.6% fat and 3.2% protein and with the current good milk price, his costs are coming in at 28 cent per liter of milk. John runs a different system from the norm and says that over a 5 year period, the high input, high output system balances out the same as a grass based system if done right. John focuses on optimum fertility and milk performance.
John goes onto say “Rehydion Gel has the huge advantage of having the calf stay on milk, just as nature intended. Calves continue to thrive even in the recovery stage plus there’s minimum stress for everyone”.
John adds “I find it very easy to use. The self-measuring fill is a great idea. Just 2 fills and there’s no mix up on what you use. I just put it in the water and it mixes very well”.
“I also use Rehydion Gel in the water when weaning calves. It provides an ideal buffer, prevent acidosis and maintain, the electrolyte and fluid levels, required at weaning time”.
Rehydion gel is market leader in oral rehydration in calves. It overcomes the need for the calf to be removed from milk by being treated for scour. Rehydion Gel has a high Strong Ion Difference (SID) which effectively suppresses acidosis. Rehydion Gel corrects the acidosis, and leaves the stomach PH level low enough, to allow the milk to clot, and be digested by the calf. The gel can be added to milk but does not inhibit milk clotting. In beef and dairy systems, the product is time saving, convenient and minimizes stress as it can be given neat and there’s no need for the calf to be separated from the dam. One bottle of Rehydion Gel contains 320ml makes up 16 litre’s of solution enough for 2 calves for 2 days.
Rehydion Gel, Ideal for Suckler Farmers
Pictured, Elaine McElearney, Practice Manager at Jim O’Gorman Veterinary Practice in Co. Monaghan
O’Gorman’s veterinary practice in Monaghan services 50:50 suckler and dairy farms. Practice Manager Elaine McElearney is an advocate for Rehydion Gel as she sees the merits with using Rehydion Gel particularly on suckler farms.
Elaine goes onto say “Rehydion Gel is ideal for sucker farmers. After dosing the calf, she stays with the cow so the maternal bond can be maintained. As there’s no separation, it prevents what could be a very stressful situation for the cow, calf and farmer. If the calf had to be taken away, its heartache for everyone especially the farmer who has to separate the animals and milk the distressed cow by hand”.
“The calves are still digesting milk so they’re not losing out on getting antibodies, nutrition or energy for weight gain plus they get the immediate benefit of electrolytes, so best of both worlds, allowing calves to reach their true potential”.
A Rehydion Gel bottle contains 320ml which is enough for 8 calf feeds. The distinctive yellow top also acts as a handy measuring cap. Elaine says “Farmers find the measuring cap very handy. And as there’s no mixing, there’s no fuss for the farmer, plus calves find it very palatable. You can feed it by suckler or throw it into the milk for the dairy calves.” “It’s great value dosing 2 calves for 2 days. Cost doesn’t come into it with our farmers as you get what you pay for. I always recommend it to farmers as first line.”
Rehydion Gel is an oral rehydration treatment that can be added to milk, with guaranteed milk clotting. Rehydion Gel stops dehydration and lines the stomach. It overcomes the need for the calf to be removed from milk when treated for calf scour.
Has faster, guaranteed milk clotting and helps to maintain a lower abomasal pH.
Its high palatability and efficient dilution in milk allows weight gain to continue, even in cases of severe scour.
Liam Holton, Interchem Eastern Territory Manager says “Continued milk feeding also aids gut healing and provides natural antimicrobial actions and Animal Health Ireland recommends that nutritional scour calves are not deprived of milk.”
Rehydion Gel is available from vets, farm supply shops, Agri-merchants and Co-ops.
Rehydion Gel is distributed by Interchem Ireland Limited.
Using Rehydion Gel means we can keep scouring calves on milk
John Traynor, Dunmoe, Navan, Co. Meath
John Traynor farms in partnership with his brother and runs a busy mixed farm in the Boyne Valley in Dunmoe. Milking 60 cows on an Autumn/Spring calving system plus growing cereals means that the workload is busy all year round for the Traynors.
Calf rearing is a critical area on the farm, we don’t need any setbacks. That's why we use Rehydion Gel to treat calves that may be showing signs of scour. It's very effective, and quick to use, at the first sign of scour I add 40 ml into the milk for 3-4 feeds and within 2 days the calf is flying again.
I never have any set back in performance, which is the key. I used to use other products that needed mixing in warm water and I had to run back and forward to the dairy, now I just have the bottle on stand by and I can dose straight into the milk at the first sign of scour. The electrolyte can be used in milk, and is quick and handy. According to AHI the best way to treat scour was to use something that worked with milk.
We supply Lakeland dairies and we need to ensure we have quality replacements heifers coming through, The farm is averaging 1400 gallons and we try to breed an good solid cow, not too extreme. We rear all the calves and use AI and a stock bull. The animal’s comfort is key on this farm; all animals including the cows are on straw bedded sheds.