Whenever a calf is born, each minute counts. Newborn calves need to get on their feet and get colostrum into their immature immune systems within the first few hours of life if they are going to obtain the passive immunity they need. Whether nursing its mother or hand-fed in a calf hutch, every newborn calf needs AgriLabs Nursemate ASAP. It is Operation First Step for newborn calves.Nursemate is made from concentrated colostrum. The naturally occurring components found in colostrum are just what the newborn needs while it is on the ground, before nursing or being fed colostrum. Nursemate gets the newborn up and nursing faster, giving its immune system the head start it needs. Nursemate comes in an easy to use 30 mL tube. No pails, no mixing and no feeding tubes. Just put the tip of the dosing syringe on the back of the calf’s tongue and push the plunger slowly. It’s a good idea to carry a couple of tubes of Nursemate in your pocket every time you check the calving pen.
The SmartVet VetGun uses precision-engineered CO2 power to project a precise dosage of AiM-L™ VetCap to help treat the animal, without any handling at all. The VetCap is a patented new dosage form that encapsulates liquid parasiticides in a special softgel capsule. It is delivered using SmartVet's VetGun delivery system. The VetGun is designed to fire the VetCaps out to a range of about 30 feet. The VetCap bursts on the cow, releasing its contents; the formulation then goes to work in a similar way to pour-on products. The VetGun and VetCaps are engineered not to startle the cattle, and minimize any discomfort caused by the dosing process. Putting down a lick, hay or feed creates a positive association with the dosing process, and helps reduce any stress. With most animals there is only a momentary reaction before they return to feeding. The entire process can be completed quickly, and with far less disruption or stress than any conventional processes that require cattle to be gathered, yarded or run through a chute. The VetGun is proving to be an excellent tool in low stress handling systems.