Go for Gold for the best possible start

Chris Mollan from Eringold Milk Replacers and John Steele of Steele Farm Supplies Ballymoney.
Chris Mollan from Eringold Milk Replacers and John Steele of Steele Farm Supplies Ballymoney.

For the past two decades Eringoild Calf Milk Replacers have been to the fore in allowing local livestock farmers to maximise growth rates from their stock during the most crucially important weeks of their development.

The reputation built up by the brand reflects the close co-operation that exists between Eringold and the Schils Van Drie Group. The Dutch company has been a specialist manufacturer of milk replacers for many years. Its expertise in this field has been honed over many years as one of Europe’s largest producers of veal. The company currently rears one million calves on its own units annually.

Eringold’s Robert Mollan takes up the story. “I have worked with the Schils’ management team so as to ensure that the Eringold range meets the specific nutritional needs of calves reared in Northern Ireland. All the ingredients are of the highest quality and with the inclusion of Schils’ Protection Plus package, containing polyclonal antibodies and live yeast; the need to administer medication to young stock during the calf rearing phase is significantly reduced.

“The Eringold range also contains a stimulant to help encourage young calves consume concentrate. We recommend that starter should be offered to calves from Day 4 onwards. And, of course, this means that animals can be weaned proportionately earlier.”

Steele Farm Supplies Ballymoney has been suppliers of Eringold Calf Milk Replacers since the launch of the brand almost twenty years ago. “Demand for the Eringold range continues to grow. Farmers recognise the quality of the products and the fact that their calves thrive from the instant they are placed on the milks. From a nutritional point of view the products are perfectly balanced, ensuring that calves are allowed to achieve optimal growth rates at all times.

The Eringold Range comprises the Super Calf Milk Replacer brand and the Once Daily Calf Milk Replacer brand. They can be used in all scenarios: bucket feeding; group test feeding and in automatic feeders.

“Traditionally, Eringold Once Daily was fed to older calves as a means of reducing the labour input on farms. However, growing numbers of milk producers are now offering Once Daily twice-a-day as a means of achieving accelerated growth rates with their replacement heifers.

“Repeated research has shown that the attainment of accelerate growth rates, pre weaning, will allow heifers achieve earlier bulling weights, thereby facilitating the attainment of a 22 to 24 month first calving age.

“In addition, these animals will, invariably, secure higher lifetime milk yields. This reflects the higher lactation yields which they are capable of achieving and their greater longevity within a milking group.”