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coloQuick AND lean


| # 1 | October 2011 |

international magazine




pasteurizing colostrum MARGRIET KLOPPENBURG



THE BIOLOGICAL CONCEPT testimonial: „we have had considerably better results“


it’s all about




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Publisher: Calvex A/S Holstebrovej 104 7800 Skive Denmark Design and layout: Mymind - design & reklamebureau Internet: Contact: Calvex A/S Phone: +45 97537333 Print: Arco Grafisk A/S, Skive


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wel c o m e ��

welcome to the first edition of the coloQuick Magazine! We have many stories we want to tell you, such as the story about our development of a unique solution to the handling of colostrum. The story about our employees – and the special mixture of professionalism and enthusiasm - which makes Calvex a growth company. But first and foremost our costumers, the milk producers, are the ones with the best stories. Stories about doubt that turned into excitement. About milk producers, who experienced how easy it is to use coloQuick in their everyday life. About healthy calves. And about prices and appreciation. And so on. Four years ago we initiated the process that led to the development of coloQuick. And even though coloQuick has been produced for almost two years by now, the develop-

ment goes on in a close cooperation with the best experts in that very field: the milk producers. And therefore this is our first magazine. But not to be the last. We shall continue to collect new good stories we want to tell. Maybe your story will be included in the next issue..? Enjoy the magazine! Should you want to learn more about coloQuick we look forward to hearing from you! Best regards,

Brian Pedersen Calvex A/S

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Use your Smartphone to get more information about coloQuick

3 – The first edition


- by Brian Pedersen, owner of Calvex

6 – calvex Presentation

it is somewhat like being in a locker room

- by Ole Tang

10 – North American Distributor

Andy beckel

- Golden Calf Company

12 – world sensation

a lump of milk

- by Naia Bang

15 – higher milk production

better colostrum management

- by Jens Mathiasen

16 – calvex Girl

the girl in the red blouse

- by Naia Bang

18 – the natural way

pasteurizing colostrum

21 – principles behind

the biological concept and management

- by DVM, PhD Christine Maria Røntved

28 – coloQuick worldwide

testimoniols 33 – statements

research shows

34 – easy to get it right

coloQuick and lean - by Business consultant Susanne Pejstrup

37 – system

the colostrum management system

39 – dutch milk producers

the bicycle nomad - by Naia Bang

42 – The calvex originator


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the american dream - by Ole Tang

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Professional – and informal:

It is somewhat like being in a locker room Informal and straightforward – professional and efficient. It might sound as opposite values, but according to the employees at Calvex, both those who joined the company from the very start and the new ones, then all the words are included in the philosophy of the company. The staff will not “boast” about it – but it is a fact that four of the key employees used to play on the same football team, and that goes for the owner Brian Pedersen, too. Two of the employees are playing and coaching in handball at a high level, so now and then working at Calvex tends to be somewhat like being in a locker room. Every Monday morning at 7 a.m. the work week starts by assembling all employees who have the possibility of attending. With bread rolls and coffee on the table they all go through the past and the coming week: What went well, what can we do better, in what fields are we the most efficient? However, they also find the time to evaluate the weekend’s sport results: Whose team won, who settled for a draw, who lost? – the money from the bets goes into the gift box, and the lucky ones have the right to ridicule, as we know it from the world of sport.

New player is Ryan Zinglersen. Besides working at Calvex he is the coach for FC Midtjylland’s women Danish handball champions. New player is also Kris Johansen, playing handball at the highest Danish level of the league for Skive fH. He has been working at Calvex for more than one year now.


Football friends Brian Pedersen, Per Nørgaard, Kim Laigaard and Per Sørensen are all old football friends, they played a lot of games on the same team in spite of the 10 years’ of age difference between the two “old ones”, Brian and Per N, and the two “young ones”, but no one denies that the football community is part of the company “culture”. - First we play the game, and very seriously, too, and then afterwards we have a good time in “the locker room”.

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– Handball people are in the minority here – compared to all the football players, and we have to stand some “bullying”, but every Monday morning I look forward to going to work. Surely, I can see myself working here in ten years, and when my handball career gives me time and space, there are so many development potentials here at Calvex. My contract also includes the possibility of doing sales work abroad, which is very attractive, says Kris Johansen.

– Calvex is such an exciting work place with so many potentials, and I was sorry to cut the connection, even though my coaching job at FCM is really full-time. At the same time Calvex is such an informal place to come, it is a work place with the perfect mix between serious and informal matters – and with a spirit that any coach at high levels would be glad to implement on his team. A burden?

The perfect mix

·· Owned by Niels Jørgen Jacobsen & Brian Pedersen

Per Nørgaard, responsible of all figures, was formerly in the car industry, and he used to play football with the owner Brian Pedersen. Per denies that the football friendship has anything to do with his employment at Calvex. – Hopefully, our football background has not been a burden to us, he says with a wry smile. Per Sørensen is the one with the highest seniority. He was originally employed to “screw pipes together”, as he used to be a plumber. Today he is a man of all work – and long-time football friend of the others. – I have worked at Calvex for 12 years – and I am happy with it every day. I like the spirit here, where good-natured ribbing goes hand in hand with seriousness and professionalism. – And I think we managed to stick to that in the company over the years.

·· 100% daughter company, “Calvexgaarden“ (Calvexfarm)

More than fun and games

Ryan Zinglersen returned home from his stay abroad as a coach in the German League, he got a job as a sales manager at Calvex, and then he got a new offer to become coach for the Danish handball champions. Now he is working as an adviser for Calvex.

Facts - Calvex A/S ·· Established 1993 ·· Location: Skive, Denmark

·· Production of app. 2.000 calves ·· Websites:

I like having sportsmen in my team, says Brian Pedersen. Partly because they possess the same winner’s gene as I do, but also because they understand how important it is to cooperate as a team. My employees are the most important resources, but a condition for their being here is that the company earns money – and they are aware of that.

The two owners of calvex, Niels Jørgen Jacobsen og Brian Pedersen


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bilbillede ind igen

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andy beckel Golden Calf Company - Exclusive North American Distributor

Andy Beckel gave up another career when he realized the potential of coloQuick in North America Andy Beckel is passionate about two things - dairy farming and innovation. The two come together in the form of his business, Golden Calf Company, LLC, which he owns together with his wife Dagmar. Having grown up on a dairy farm, Andy has a passion for seeing good calves grow into great cows. He understands the day-to-day challenges as well as the satisfaction that dairy farming brings to those involved. Traveling around the world to see what other dairy farmers are doing to improve their profitability while making their lives easier has been a great joy for him. It was on one of these trips, while traveling in Europe and visiting progressive dairy farmers that Andy first encountered the coloQuick Colostrum Management System. The system users felt very strongly that this new piece of technology has changed the way they care for their calves and significantly improved their overall herd health. Intrigued by the system, Andy went to Denmark to visit Brian Pedersen, the owner of Calvex and inventor of the coloQuick. During his trip Andy was

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able to tour Brian’s well-managed manufacturing plant and meet some of the farmers who have been using the coloQuick since its invention. By the end of his visit, Andy knew that he wanted to offer this innovative way of handling colostrum to all dairy farmers in both Canada and the United States. His reasoning was simple, “All of us dairy farmers know how important it is to feed our calves colostrum as soon as possible, but life is busy and it can be difficult to do the right thing every time.  The coloQuick System is designed to make it easy to feed calves quickly.  That is saving farmers time, money, and most importantly allowing them to give their calves the best. I am convinced that this system will change the industry and that’s why I wanted to make it available to all North American dairy farmers.” Golden Calf Company launched the coloQuick Colostrum Management System during the 2010 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.  The success of the launch was tremendous, “We were curious to see the farmers’ reaction and received exactly what we were hoping for. Everyone found the system easy to understand and operate. All who saw it said that it made perfect sense for their operation.”  The tradeshow booth was packed with interested dairy producers and veterinarians alike and within the first three months the coloQuick System sold in several dairy farms across the U.S. and Canada.  Today, Golden Calf Company presents the coloQuick Colostrum Management System at all major North American dairy tradeshows including the World’s largest agricultural exposition, the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. As a result of the Golden Calf Company’s launch of the coloQuick, the system has received amazing media coverage in the United States and Canada. Leading US and Canadian dairy magazines have published great reviews and several TV and radio interviews followed. In combination with aggressive advertising and promotion efforts by Golden Calf Company, the system is gaining popularity in both Ame-

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Tv-interview with Larry Kliner from Dairy Agenda Today

rica and Canada and finding its way into colostrum-focused seminars offered by numerous calf-care experts. Andy is excited about the industry’s welcoming of the product, but most important for him are the dairy producers, “The biggest acknowledgement is when the users of the system start sharing their success stories with fellow dairy farmers. That is the most impactful marketing campaign we could have ever launched. “ While the typical Danish farm averages 80 cows, Golden Calf Company’s current customers range in size from family farms with 100 cows up to operations with 7,000 cows. The larger size of North American farms compared to those in Europe translates into different customer needs. The Golden Calf Company team has worked closely with Calvex to develop new product offerings specifically designed to accommodate the requirements of North American dairy farmers. “The Calvex team was willing to listen to our customers’ needs and offer new solutions,” says Andy about the joint effort that resulted in additional features such as pasteurizing to minimize bacteria and other harmful pathogens, and also two completely new products: a four-capacity unit and an eight-capacity model called coloQuick Maxx. Together with the original two-capacity thaw model, these new improve-

ments create a complete offering to satisfy a dairy farm of any size. coloQuick now headlines the product offering of Golden Calf Company, because in Andy’s mind there is nothing more critical to building a healthy herd than giving a good start to a calf. “There is no second chance in feeding your newborn, once it’s done you can’t go back and do it over again. The first meal is the foundation of getting the Golden Calves we all strive for at the end of the day.  The only way you can ensure that you have done your absolute best is by giving your best.” While very happy with the coloQuick, Andy hasn’t stopped his quest for innovation. “We are building on the concept of the coloQuick System and providing additional value by offering complementary products: a unique Colostrum Bank freezer as well as advanced colostrum testing equipment.” Golden Calf Company also sees itself as the advocate for helping others learn how they can improve their calf-care program.  As Andy puts it, “We want you to have the very best, and that is our goal.”

I am convinced that this system will change the industry

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A lump of frozen milk - and a world sensation The hair on his arms stood on end, as inventor and managing director Brian Pedersen, Calvex A/S, discovered that his system made it possible in a gentle way to warm up the colostrum direct from the freezer in less than 15 minutes They were standing in front of the water bath, a small group of men. In the water bath a prototype of the green cartridge was rotating, with a sterile plastic bag with milk. Time almost stood still. Inventor and managing director Brian Pedersen, Calvex A/S, knew that if he could thaw the colostrum, so it was ready to be fed in half an hour or less, then he had a unique product. A success. But anyone who tried to take for example mince meat from the freezer also knows it will take many, many hours, before the meat is thawed and ready to be made into hamburger patties. Preliminary work OK - I realised that it was a question of giving the milk the largest possible surface – and to secure that the water in the bath could circulate into and out from the cartridge, in order for the water to warm up the milk, he explained. He also knew that the water in the water bath had to be only 104° F - which prevents the colostrum from getting too hot for the calf, and which will not destroy the important antibodies in the colostrum. Had to develop his own cartridge: The solution was a flat, sterile plastic bag that – when filled up with four litres of colostrum – will not be higher than 2.5 cm. The bag is placed in a cartridge, thus making it easy to keep the milk in the colostrum bank. As the cartridge had to secure a maximum flow of water in order to warm up the milk quickly and gently


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Brian Pedersen could not use any existing cartridges, but together with a Danish producer - he had to develop his own cartridge from the very bottom. - The more details we included in our drawings the heavier the program became working on. But it was important for me to be sure that the cartridge was both strong and stable – and that it had many channels in order for the water to flow freely on the milk surface, Brian Pedersen explains. The idea turned up one year earlier: - Four years ago I read an article from the USA about the direct connection between two things: how fast we feed the calf with sufficient high-quality colostrum and the milk yield later on from the same cow. At that time there were no possibilities to secure that the calf got its milk quickly enough. The colostrum bank could to some extent solve the challenges as to quantity and quality of the colostrum, but as it was now a fact that the calf had to have the colostrum within the first hour after it was born, in order to provide the best milk yield afterwards, we were facing a real challenge, Brian Pedersen explains.

the milk producers, has taken the system to their hearts and use it

Lost his patience: Brian Pedersen started to develop a solution that would make it easy for the milk producers to have quick access to colostrum of high quality. The cartridge was developed, the plastic bag for the milk was ready – and now Brian Pedersen and two of his employees were standing looking into the water bath where the cartridge with the frozen milk rotated, just like a grilled chicken. Brian Pedersen looked at his watch. At the employees standing there impatiently, like himself. At the milk in the water bath. And at his watch again.

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After 10 minutes he lost his patience, and the inventor tore the green cartridge out of the water and unscrewed the cap to the milk. He expected some of the milk to be thawed – and then maybe a large lump of ice in the middle of the bag. But so is wasn’t Out from the bag flowed a life-giving stream of lovely, warm milk. Brian Pedersen was shaking the cartridge. No lump of ice left. Everyone looked at one another. - By then we knew we were on to something big, he emphasises. The users say coloQuick is okay Since that day many similar studies have been made showing that from minus 64,4˚ F to plus 104˚ F will take 10-18 minutes. When giving the colostrum 15 minutes in the water bath you are always sure to get colostrum with a temperature ready to be fed. - We won some Danish and international awards for the coloQuick over the years, and professional acknowledgement is always nice. But in fact the most valuable confirmation was to experience how our customers, the milk producers, has taken the system to their hearts and use it – and then they tell us how happy they are with it, how easy it is to handle, and how much healthier their calves have grown. Then all the trouble – and all worries when developing the system – are gone, smiles Brian Pedersen. In Denmark alone almost 1,000 milk producers adopted the system during its 18 months’ of existence, and abroad the system is also gaining ground. And the inventor of the system could easily lean back and enjoy one of the biggest successes within international farming for years. But he is not like that at all… We have to further develop and improve the system all the time in a cooperation with the milk producers. They are the ones using the system in their everyday life, and they know how it works – and thus they can tell us what to do to ease their work day, Brian Pedersen says.

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Better colostrum management – higher milk production Theory is now reality. The very first dairy farmer in Denmark following the coloQuick-concept has obtained a higher milk production due to a better and safer handling of the colostrum

During the years from 2007 to 2011 the milk yield increased on the farm of “Høstrup Østergård” reaching 11.500 kilo energy corrected milk today. According to the owner of the milk producing farm, Andreas Lund, the positive results are due to a much better handling of the colostrum. - Previously, we used to warm up the colostrum in a bucket of warm water. And besides we usually had some colostrum in the freezer. But the handling was not systematised as it is now, and we did not test the colostrum quality, says Andreas Lund, who runs Høstrup Østergård together with his son, Jørgen Lund.

New System Andreas Lund explains that the farm’s handling of colostrum really came under the microscope when they joined a project of developing a new product from Calvex for the handling of colostrum. Later this became Calvex’s coloQuick system for the handling of colostrum. - During that process we learned a lot about the many factors that are crucial to minimize mortality and to give the calves a good start in life. – Now we are always testing the quality of the colostrum, before it is frozen and put into the colostrum bank. If the milk does not contain sufficient antibodies we discard it. We are always holding a large stock of frozen high-quality colostrum – so we can feed four litres with esophageal tube as soon as possible after the calf is born, Andreas Lund explains. Furthermore, he says that the milk from the colostrum bank can be heated in a water bath in approx. 15 minutes, thus ensuring that high-quality colostrum is always available in no time, day and night.

Higher weight and yield

According to Andreas and Jørgen Lund results from the increased focus on the colostrum have certainly not failed to appear. At the farm of Høstrup Østergård they continued to use the coloQuick system for handling the colostrum, ever since the first experiences were gained in 2007. And for one thing the heifers now seem to have a higher weight at their first calving. – We prefer a weight of 650 kilos by their calving time, and in fact most of them gained that weight, according to Andreas Lund. And in addition the farm’s total milk yield went up by no less than 2000 kilos of energy-corrected milk per cow during the last 3-4 years.

Høstrup Østergård is run by Andreas Lund and his son Jørgen (photo). They joined the concept from the very beginning and experienced stronger calves, better growth and now a few years later – the circle closes – a higher milk yield

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The girl in the red blouse She appears in all advertisements and leaflets for coloQuick, with her sweet smile, while she feeds colostrum to a calf from the coloQuick cartridge Beautiful, young and natural in her wellingtons and red blouse. And you might think that a smart ad agency conducted a casting to find a model, resembling “the girl next door”. - No, not at all, grins owner Brian Pedersen, and he continues: - In connection with the presentation of coloQuick the photographer thought we needed a living person on the photos. Louise who lives close to our test farm and takes

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care of our horses, happened to stop by – and then she became the model of the day. Neither Louise nor Brian Pedersen was aware that the smiling girl in the recognisable red blouse was going to be the very synonym for coloQuick. But so it was. And Louise, who is studying to be a nurse, now often attends trade fairs at home and abroad, where she presents coloQuick – and is recognised as “the girl in the red blouse”.

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 When a calf is born

1 Take colostrum

Good colostrum in the bank

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60°C / 140°F 60 min

40°C / 104°F 15 min

Pasteurize the colostrum

Warm up the colostrum

Feed the calf top quality colostrum

Test the colostrum

Milk the cow according to normal farm rutines

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Pasteurizing Colostrum The natural way to give calves safe immunity Bacteria are the number one cause of sickness in calves during the first weeks of life. Not only is treatment expensive, but sickness affects a calf’s growth, health and in worst cases can result in mortality. The best way to limit growth and colonization of bacteria is through proper handling, one that eliminates entry points for contamination. To ensure that the quality of colostrum is not jeopardized during handling, you must have an easy and user-friendly way to collect and store the colostrum. The coloQuick system provides farmers with the ideal protocol – one sterile bag keeps the colostrum during handling, storing, thawing and feeding. While coloQuick eliminates potential contamination thanks to the easy way of handling, the most critical point remains during collection where the contamination can come from many different aspects, such as poor hygiene, not properly cleaned equipment or even the cow or heifer herself. To completely close the gap and offer our calves the cleanest and safest colostrum, coloQuick offers a pasteurizing option specific to the sensitive nature of colostrum.

Advantages of Pasteurizing The benefits of pasteurizing colostrum have been acknowledged by major university research. Both researchers at Penn State University and University of Minnesota agree that colostrum should be pasteurized using low-temperature long-time(LTLT) method to preserve its quality. Pasteurizing at 140F (60C) is the optimal temperature to kill pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, Mycoplasma bovis and Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (Map - the agent causing Johne’s disease) (McMartin et al, 2006; Godden et al., 2006) without affecting concentration of immunoglobulins(IgGs) or viscosity of colostrum. Unlike the temperature used for pasteurizing waste milk (145˚ F or 62.7˚ C), the colostrum pasteurizing temperature

of 140F has proven to maintain high levels of IgGs concentrations. Studies also show that feeding pasteurized colostrum increased 24-hour serum IgG levels by 25 percent and absorption efficiency by 28 percent compared to feeding raw colostrum. (Heinrichs et al., 2010) Further research is necessary to determine if the cause is lower bacterial count that makes better absorption possible or if the heat treatment causes chemical changes that allow for better absorption. Perhaps most importantly, pasteurizing allows those dairy producers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to use their herd’s colostrum for health reasons, to do so. Not only does it save the producer money otherwise spent purchasing colostrum replacers, it also makes it affordable to feed calves larger quantities of colostrum. In a study, first and second lactation animals that received higher volumes of colostrum had resulted in heavier milk production in each lactation, added days in milk because of earlier calving age and the potential of more calvings. (Stewart et al., 2005) Additionally, the use of a farm’s colostrum also assures that the herd’s immunity is transferred onto the newborn calf assuring a stronger immune system which in turn translates 60°C / 140°F into better calfhood 60 min health, faster weight gains, and making it possible for an earlier Pasterize breeding age.


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Disadvantages of Pasteurizing Improper use of a pasteurizer can destroy the quality of the colostrum, more specifically the important functional proteins such as IgGs. Temperatures that are too low will allow many harmful bacteria to survive, while high temperatures or extra long exposure will cause IgG degradation and congealing of colostrum. Using a traditional batch pasteurizer is accompanied with concerns regarding equipment maintenance and sanitation as well as uncertainty whether all of 1 . Correct temperature 1 . Correct temperature

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the batch is being heated up at the same rate and remains at the correct temperature during the entire cycle. The temperatures in typical batch pasteurizers can and do have, what is called, drift effect temperatures causing concerns of effectiveness and accuracy. Pasteurization itself is a heat treatment method that renders most bacteria and diseases inactive, however it is not a sterilization process. This means that some of the strongest bacteria may not be able to be killed and therefore it is imperative that the colostrum be cooled quickly prior to storage in a refrigerator or freezer in order to slow-down or stop those bacteria from multiplying.

Summary Colostrum pasteurizing 1. Is healthy: ·· Dramatically lowers harmful bacteria ·· Proven to eradicate disease caused by pathogens (Johnes, Mycoplasma, and Lysteria) ·· Eliminates bad bacteria that slow passive transfer into the blood stream ·· Using farm’s colostrum passes herd’s existing immunity onto newborn calves 2. Is affordable: ·· Saving producers money by using their farm’s colostrum .. Immune systems are stronger reducing calf-hood sicknesses and treatment costs .. Faster growth rates making it possible for heavier milk production, added days in milk and potential of more calvings 3. Is efficient .. Pasteurized colostrum enables better absorption of antibodies .. Reduced health complications such as scours translate into faster weight gain .. Heightened vaccination immune responses

The coloQuick Difference Unlike traditional batch pasteurizers, coloQuick pasteurizes colostrum inside an individual, one gallon, sterile bag. Without the need to pool colostrum prior to pasteurizing, the single-portion size makes it possible to pasteurize colostrum soon after collection thus limiting growth and colonization of bacteria. The coloQuick Pasteur water bath maintains exact temperature of 140F during a 60 minute heat cycle, with a rapid cooling cycle afterwards. Continuous rotation assures even heating and cooling of all colostrum molecules inside the bag. Specially designed thin cartridge allows for extra flow of water or air over the surface of the colostrum bag enabling rapid cooldown and quick freezing-significantly limiting the possibility of bacterial growth occurring after pasteurizing. The ability to feed directly out of the coloQuick bag also eliminates possible contamination points while making it convenient to feed quickly. The system is simple and user-friendly which makes it possible for any employee to use it.

t h e b i o log i c a l c on c e p t s and manag e m e n t ��

The biological concepts and management Principles behind “the coloQuick system”

– Why coloQuick contributes to better calf health and welfare

By DVM, PhD Christine Maria Røntved, CMR On-site RD, Skjernvej 4A, DK-9220 Aalborg Øst, Denmark. Telephone: +4525321661, E-mail address: 

Introduction As a veterinarian and scientist working in the dairy field for almost two decades I was quite amazed by “the coloQuick system” developed by Calvex. Although the system seems relatively simple – it is focused and specialized on the three most essential factors for colostrum feeding of neonatal calves: time, quality and quantity. These three factors are well-known to be of importance to the newborn calf’s health and welfare and have been for decades (Quigley and Drewry, 1998; Weaver et al., 2000; Godson et al, 2003; Jaster et al., 2005). Still, in many farms a large percentage (>30 %) of newborn calves do not obtain the sufficient maternal immunity provided by nature from the cow (Besser et al., 1991; Weaver et al., 2000, Godson et al, 2003) because we as humans have interfered/ manipulated with the original cow-calf relationship in several ways. Firstly, we decided to separate the cow and calf from each other almost immediately after calving as the cow is intended for milk production. Secondly, we have changed the original natural clean and dry environment of the cow with an often dirty, damp and crowded environment. Thirdly,

we have altered the modern dairy cow’s udder anatomy and physiology tremendously through intensive breeding, leaving the responsibility for the humans in charge to make sure that the calf obtains the right amount and quality of colostrum at the right time. In large intensive dairy herds this has become a major challenge. Shortness of time, lack of knowledge (high turn-over of less educated staff), and the uncertainty of colostrum quality are all management factors that contribute to poorer calf health and survival rates because of


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insufficient colostrum feeding. Hence, this simple management tool for colostrum feeding “the coloQuick system” can make a big difference in the overall calf health when it is implemented on a farm.

The modern dairy cow Although, the modern dairy cow has an appearance that looks like the cows that were bred years ago, intensive breeding focusing on milk production have altered the cows anatomy and physiology of the udder. Firstly, the size of the udder is much larger today, which makes it more difficult for the calf to locate the udder teats especially in poorly-shaped cows as the teats hang much lower than when the udder were placed in the groin (Figure 1; Selman et al., 1970). This means that you need to monitor and in some cases assist the calf to find the teats, which takes time. Up to as much as forty percentages of dairy calves are in need of assistance by humans if the first colostrum meal should be suckled within 6 hours (Rajala and Castrén, 1995). Secondly, the individual cow’s production of milk is so large today in some cows (10.000-18.000 liter per year) that the volume of colostrum is much larger than what was original intended

for the calf. In some cases this may dilute the milk components, and therefore reduce the content of immunological components fed to the calf (Pritchett et al., 1991; Weaver et al., 2000). Thirdly, due to many cows per square meters and higher risk of pathogen transfer at calving many countries have decided to move the cows to an isolated box stall for calving. Although this is intended to help the cow and give her peace and comfort in a cleaner environment, this might not be how the cow always experiences this as cows are social herd animals that are stressed when they are isolated from other cows (Herskin et al., 2007). Hence, the stay in the calving box stall may sometimes end up as a “brief stressful stay”, a factor that influences the calving course that indirectly may influence the quality and quantity of colostrum. Opposite overcrowded pens may also stress the calving dairy cow including her colostrum quality and the possibility for nurturing her own calf. Fourthly, the environment that we keep the cow in combined with the high milk production, intensive feeding and genetics contribute to a large number of cows having subclinical or clinical mastitis at calving, which also may influence the colostrum composition and volume (Maunsell et al., 1998). When using “the coloQuick system”

Calf age at first colostrum meal without assistance by humans 420

Figure 1


The total time (in minutes) before newborn calves obtain their first colostrum meal in life. Calves of “modern dairy cows” spend much longer time than beef cows. The figure is based on data published in Selman et al., 1970. The green Q indicates “the coloQuick System”.


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The distribution of colostrum samples into low, intermediate and high quality based on IgG1 content. The figure is based on data published in Pritchett et al., 1991. The green Q indicates “the coloQuick System”.

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and guidelines you ensure that each newborn calf obtain the proper volume of colostrum of high hygienic and immunological quality. Further, you save time per newborn calf as less time is needed to monitor and assist the cow and the calf in the calving box stall. In addition, the cow and calf are less disturbed and the cow has more time for nurturing the calf the few hours they have together. If you are dealing with minor or very weak calves that will not drink from the coloQuick nipple, “the coloQuick system” is already prepared for tube feeding, where the coloQuick container can be supplied with an esophageal tube instead of an artificial nipple. Hence, weak calves are attended soon after calving and will increase their chances of survival.

Colostrum quality, volume and treatment When colostrum is fed directly from the cow to calf or the calf suckle the teat to obtain its colostrum; the two major questions are always: does the calf receive enough colostrum and is the colostrum quality sufficient to cover the newborn calf’s immunological needs? A major US study by Pritchett et al., (1991) showed that 29% of all colostrum samples were of poor quality (< 35 mg/ml) (Figure 2).


Calf, igG conc., mg/ml

24-48 h mean lgG serum levels in calves fed 1-2 L or 3-4 L colostrum of variable quality

The estimated content of IgG in serum calves fed either 1-2L or 3-4L of the “relative same colostrum quality” within the first 6 hours of life, where subsequent feeding with colostrum not was considered. The figure is based on data merged from studies by: Godden et al., 2003; Jones et al., 2004; Jaster, 2005, Kaske et al., 2005, Gareissen, 2006, Godden et al., 2009. The green Q indicates “the coloQuick System”.

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IgG1 serum levels over time in calves fed colostrum with different volume and quality < 3 hours after calving (n= 6-5, in each group) and additional 2L at 12 hours. The figure is based on data published in Morin et al., 1997. The green Q indicates “the coloQuick System”.


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Moreover, comparing several feeding studies it is obvious that the calf obtains a higher level of maternal immunity if it receives 3-4 L versus 1-2 L of medium to high quality colostrum within the first 3-6 hours of life (Figure 3, Figure 4 - page 23). Hence, colostrum volume and quality (equivalent to “mass” of immune components) is of major significance to the neonatal calf survival possibility. When the cow is milked/suckled transfer of fecal- or milk-borne pathogens from the cow to the calf may occur (Elizondo-Salazar and Heinrichs, 2008). This can be a major problem if the herd is infected with contagious pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Bovine virus diarrhea or zoonotic bacteria such as Salmonella dublin or Coxiella burnetti (Q-fever) as these pathogens will be transferred from the cow to the calf and hereby spread among the new animals in the herd. Also contamination of the colostrum with feces and dust from the environment during milking, from the micro flora of the milk equipment or dirty milk containers may occur (Stewart et al., 2005). If the colostrum following is stored in the refrigerator for more than 48 hours this colostrum can contain millions of foreign bacteria, especially psychotropic Gram negative bacteria but also yeast and fungus that may grow at low temperatures (Børsting et al., 2009a; Børsting et al, 2009b). These microorganisms may break down or alter the function of proteins in the colostrum, including the immune components. Finally, many farms

make their own storage of colostrum in the freezer. Often containers of different sizes, shapes and materials are used for storing the colostrum. This can be problematic when the colostrum portions are thawed. How much time does a container need to thaw, and for how long should one heat the colostrum when using a heating system, for instance a microwave? By using “the coloQuick guidelines and set up” you are always certain that you use colostrum of high immunological and hygienic quality. If you follow “the coloQuick procedure” the colostrum has always been collected in a 4 liter “sterile” plastic bag. The colostrum has been semi-quantified for its protein (immunoglobulins) content with a hydrometer (Pritchett et al., 1994), and the majority of unwanted colostrum of poor quality has been eliminated prior to freezing. Further, if you keep records of cows that have been tested positive for a pathogen you can eliminate the colostrum of these cows before you store it. Finally, you continue to ensure colostrum of high quality when the colostrum is thawed. “The coloQuick system” ensures a fast thawing, and as you always thaw the same volume of colostrum the time needed to thaw the majority of portions is within the same time frame. So you don’t waste time by staying at the heater or rechecking the thawing process. But most importantly, you never overheat and thereby damage the immune components in your colostrum when thawing and warming up the colostrum for the calf.

The farmer and the staff Every time a calf is born the farmer or the staff must attend the cow as well as the calf. Unfortunately, cows prefer to calve when it is quiet in the dairy barn. Hence, many calving takes place late at night or in the early morning hours. As the newborn calf should receive its colostrum within the first 3-6 hours of life (Figure 3, Figure 4 - page 23) - and the sooner the better - this requires that the farmer is prepared to stay awake these hours or have made a work schedule for the staff responsible for handling the calving, milking and the calf barn. “Hard work” - when you have to assist 300 – 400 dairy cows or more that have to calve each year. The work hours and work load is a major contributor to late colostrum feeding and another contributor to low colostrum quality as routine procedures are less likely to be followed when you are tired. Moreover, it is often the same person that assists the cow when calving, milk the cow and feed the newborn calf after the cow has been milked. Often this person may also need to go to the dairy barn early in the morning to milk the remaining cows on the farm. A busy schedule may result in: no time to assist or monitor the calf if it needs to suckle the cow (Rajala and Castrén, 1995) (Figure 1 - page 22);

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postponed milking of the cow and feeding of the newborn calf; no time to test the quality of the colostrum or wrongly testing of the colostrum quality although the procedure is quite simple. Here the coloQuick system can be a tremendous help. By using the system you don’t have to worry about the milking, the volume of colostrum and the quality of the colostrum while being busy in assisting the cow during the calving procedure. You can go directly to the freezer and pick up 4 l of colostrum with a high immunological and hygienic quality and start thawing it, when the calf is on its way. You then ensure the newborn calf is fed the colostrum. Followingly, the cow can be milked and the new colostrum tested when it fits into the barns work schedule within the next 6 hours. Therefore, in principle the “the coloQuick systems” makes it possible for people working in the milking parlor and calf barn to work independently of each other. One person can assist the cow at calving - another person can assist the newborn calf receiving its colostrum. Moreover,” the coloQuick system” helps the farmer to plan the work hours and stream line the management procedures for the staff during night and early morning hours and less mistakes are made. The fact that the management procedures are split up also makes them very simple to communicate to new employees. This is a major advantage when you have a lot of changing staff, and you are educating young or

people of different nationalities to follow the guidelines for proper colostrum handling and feeding.

Calf age and timing of its first colostrum meal and “gut closure” Without assistance healthy dairy calves borne without calving complication will obtain their first colostrum meal within 6 hours (Figure 1 - page 22), and in average within 4 hours, whereas beef calves drink their first meal within 3 hours with the “quickest calves” drinking their first meal already 35 min after calving (Selman et al., 1970). This “timeframe” is crucial for the calf as the maternal immunoglobulins and other immunological components in the fed colostrum are absorbed by the gut epithelium, across the “gut barrier”, into the lymph system that is connected to the calf’s circulatory blood system (Weaver et al.,


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references ·· Barrington and Parish, 2001; Vet. Clin. North. Am. Food. Anim. Pract., 17: 463-76.

·· Besser et al., 1991; JAVMA, 198, 3: 419-422 ·· Børsting et al., 2009a; Ny KvægForskning, 5: 4-5 (in Danish) oktober

·· Børsting et al., 2009b; Kvæg Info, 2051: 1-5 (in Danish)

·· DeNise et al., 1989; J. Dairy Sci., 72: 552-554 ·· Devery et al. 1979; J. Dairy Sci., 62: 1814-1818 ·· Elizondo-Salazar and Heinrichs, 2008; The Professinal Animal Scientist, 24: 530-538

·· Gareissen, 2006, DVM master thesis, LIFE, Copenhagen University

·· Godden et al., 2003; 86: 1503-1512 ·· Godden et al, 2009; 92: 1750-1757 ·· Godson et al., 2003; Large Animal Veterinary ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ·· ··


Rounds, 3: 1-6, Herskin et al., 2007; J. Anim. Sci., 85: 240–247 Jaster, 2005; J. Dairy Sci., 88: 296-302 Jones et al., 2004; J. Dairy Sci. 87: 1806-1814 Kaske et al., 2005; J. Anim. Physiol. Anim.Nutr. 89: 151-157 Matte et al., 1982; J. Dairy Sci., 65: 1765-1770 Maunsell et al., 1998; J. Dairy Sci., 81: 1291–1299 Morin et al., 1997; J. Dairy Sci., 80: 747-753 Pritchett et al., 1991; J. Dairy Sci., 74: 2336-2341 Pritchett et al., 1994; J. Dairy Sci., 77: 1761-1767 Quigley and Drewry; 1998, J. Dairy Sci., 81: 2779-2790 Rajala and Castrén, 1995; J Dairy Sci., 78: 2737-2744 Selman et al., 1970; Anim. Behav., 18: 284-285 Stewart et al., 2005; J Dairy Sci., 88: 2571-2578 Weaver et al., 2000; J. Vet. Intern. Med., 14: 569-577 White DG, 1993; The compendium on continuing education for the practicing veterinarian, 15: 335-342 Wittum and Perino, 1995; Am. J. Vet. Res., 56: 1149-1154

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2000). From the blood the immune components are transported to other mucosal surfaces at external sites as well as internal organs, where they protect the calf against intruding pathogens for the next couple of weeks meanwhile the calf’s own immune system is maturing (Devery et al. 1979; Barrington and Parish, 2001). The gut epithelium only remains open for absorption of immune components the first few hours of life, then it slowly starts to close, and after 24 hours no more immunoglobulins can be absorbed to the systemic system (Quigley and Drewry, 1998; Godson et al., 2003). Hence, a large part of the colostrum fed later than 6 hours will remain in the gut, and only protect the external surfaces of gut when it is present. Therefore, the timing of the first colostrum meal is vital for the calf. Newborn calves that do not receive the proper amount and quality of colostrum within the first 3-6 hours of life have a much higher risk of developing into the so-called failure of passive transfer (FPT) calves (Weaver et al., 2000) (Figure 4- page 23). These calves will suffer from many infectious diseases especially enteritis, navel infections, sepsis and pneumonia, which in worst cases will lead to death (Godson et al., 2003). Moreover, the sick newborn and young calves will spread their contagious pathogens to the other healthy calves in their surroundings, which will have to overcome infections as well. Hence, by using “the coloQuick system” within the first 6 hours of the newborn calf’s life you strongly reduces it chances of becoming a FPT calf. In the long run, the use of “the coloQuick system” also contributes to a reduction of the overall infection pressure in the calf barn and combined with proper milk feeding during the upbringing period this will result in healthier robust calves and lower veterinary medical cost.

Conclusion In conclusion, because “the coloQuick system” is an easy handling, fast and hygienic method that ensures colostrum of high quality, it helps the farmer and the employees to focus on the “time of the first colostrum feeding after calving” and thereby lower the risk of developing FPT calves. Lower mortality and disease rates means less painful conditions for the calves, a higher feed intake and more robust animals that will adjust and thrive better when they are transferred to larger calf groups. This will make you save money and valuable time. Time you can spent to improve management for your dairy cows. Moreover, newborn heifer calves fed sufficiently with high quality colostrum on time will return your “coloQuick investment” by having a larger milk production in 1st. lactating dairy cows and a lower risk of being culled (DeNise et al., 1989). Newborn bull calves fed sufficiently with high quality colostrum on time are highly appreciated in the calf rearing industry as they lower their long term calf mortality and morbidity (Wittum and Perino, 1995) and their veterinary medical costs. Hence, although it looks very simple “the coloQuick system” it is a highly valuable and recommendable tool for improving your calf health and welfare.

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TESTIMONIALS denmark Per Andersen

» We have not had one dead calf, since we introduced the coloQuick

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england Jason Bailey

Jon & Dave Lundgren



Since implementing the system, our calves hardly ever get sick

Distributors: Calvex A/S Skive, Denmark

we also know the quality is the best it can be

north america Nathan Elzinga

» That saves us a lot of money

Holm&Laue, Vesterrönfeld, Germany Golden Calf Company Wisconsin, North America


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HOLLAND Fam. Abbink

» With coloQuick you start working according to the protocol

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sweden Jörgen Johansson

» Good procedures improves calf health

germany Claussen aus Laage

» we have had considerably better results

israel Nathalie & Eithan

» My husband says that today, he can’t understand how he managed without it!

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LADY LEYS FARM - england

Jason Bailey, Lullington, England

The proof of the coloQuick system is in the health of our calves, we are finding less scour & stronger calves. Everyone is happy to use the system which is delivering much more consistency of colostrum feeding, we also know the quality is the best it can be. The timing of coloQuick system is its major strengh as thawing ready to go colostum properly is no longer a problem. Our dairy heifers are the future of our herd & we now feel we are giving them the best possibly start in life. (On the photo: One of the employees at Lady Leys farm) 


Per Andersen, Skive We have not had one dead calf, since we introduced the coloQuick. The general health status improved a lot since then.When the heifer calves are 2 month old they weigh 100 kilo`s – so also the growth of the calves are better. Before they are 10 days old they can now drink 2 x 5 liter pasteurized milk. The simplicity of the system is very good, and we like that everybody on the farm can use it - and are doing the right things.  (On the photo: Lars Pedersen, one of the employees)


Claussen aus Laage, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern It was important for me to standardize all the working procedures around the new born calves, because my employees are not that well educated. With this concept they practically cannot make mistakes. Since we introduced the coloQuick concept – we have had considerably better results with the calves. We used to have serious problems and many dead calves. Now we are following the concept.

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Jörgen Johansson, farm manager ”Good procedures improves calf health” In big scale farming it is so important that you have good standard procedures. You warm up the colostrum quickly and gently within 15 minutes. We feed the calves the first 30 days on pasteurized milk using a MilkTaxi. Now we have full control over the quality, the temperature and the volume of the milk for the calves. My employees and I are very pleased – and we feel safe - about using the MilkTaxi and the coloQuick.

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Nathalie & Eithan

My name is Nathalie and I am a small animal and equine veterinarian from Israel. My husband, Eithan and I ,live on a farm in the Northern part of the country. We own and manage a dairy farm of aprox. 120 milking cows. (most of them are Holstein and lately , we have started to cross them with Brown Swiss and Swedish Red). Our farm produces 1.3 Million liters per year. My husband was born and raised on the farm , a son to a generation of farmers. Since childhood, he actually lived with the animals and today he has a lot of knowledge as well as experience with cattle. Due to the fact that our farm is a family business, we must be very efficient and do the milking, parturition management, raising of the calves etc.. in the fastest and best possible way. We came across the coloQuick on the Internet, while looking for new inventions to improve our everyday work. We were never too happy with the old traditional way of heating the colostrum and the coloQuick was an amazing

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Nathan Elzinga, Michigan

Nathan Elzinga loves to learn. You are likely to run into him at a dairy producers’ conference or a workshop, as he enjoys innovation and is always open to trying out something new to improve his 300 head dairy operation. One of the seminars offered during the 2010 Great Lakes Dairy Conference had discussed bacterial growth in both colostrum and milk and the importance of rapid cooling or even pasteurizing. “That’s what made me think we needed to do something different because at that time we were dealing with scours.” Nathan than took the seminar idea and started a frozen colostrum bank. This limited the bacterial growth, but made thawing a lengthy and difficult process. At that time he was storing the colostrum in gallon bottles requiring up to one hour just to thaw it out in scolding hot water. Moreover, he didn’t have a way of pasteurizing his colostrum to address his concerns with Johnes. So when he saw the coloQuick system for the first time, he got really excited, “It looked to me like a complete system, much better than what we were doing.” It turned out to be exactly that. Within the first month, the number of calves suffering from scours dropped 80 percent. “We were using injectable antibiotics to treat scours. We have dropped that now and are just using oral ones. That saves us a lot of money.”

new way that allowed us to do the work in less than 1 hour, be sure that the calf is receiving “A class” colostrum heated without any harm to the antibodies!! That meant for us: more hours sleep at night when there is a parturition, and naturally, healthier calves! My husband says that today, he can’t understand how he managed without it! ThecoloQuick, in our opinion and from our experience, is one of the most exciting news in the milking industry!

Nathan and his team found the system very intuitive and simple to use. Nathan especially appreciates that now he can properly store and manage the colostrum and confirms that the system has made a huge difference: “The coloQuick is a great tool to have, it definitely makes things faster. Most importantly the coloQuick makes it easy to do things right.”

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Fam. Abbink, Vorden ColoCuick since May 2011, 75 milking cows, milking robot. With coloQuick you start working according to the protocol. All calves receive sufficient amounts of colostrum of high quality – also the calves born at night. I was very surprised to see the variation in colostrum quality on our farm. We thought the dry period management was ok. Now we have adjusted this to see if that will improve colostrum quality. We milk with a robot, and we use the coloQuick to warm up the milk for the older calves – heifer calves until they are 3-4 days of age and bull calves until they are sold 14 days old. The separated milk is filled into the coloQuick bags and then into the refrigerator. No unhygienic open buckets with milk anymore. My wife, who is in charge of the calves, was very skeptical about this system. She considered it too expensive. Now, only 4 months later, she wouldn’t want to miss the coloQuick. We never had many problems with sick calves, but now it is almost zero. Working according to the protocol takes time, but a sick calf costs more time, negative energy and money.

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Jon and Dave Lundgren, Wisconsin Father and son, two managers, two progressive dairymen, David and John Lundgren jointly operate Lundgren Farms, Inc. just minutes away from the grounds of World Dairy Expo, the largest dairy show in the U.S.A. With 600 milking cows, Dave and Jon are always looking for improvements and innovation. After years of using powdered colostrum replacer, they decided to re-evaluate if they could use their

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own colostrum. The challenge of using their own maternal colostrum, however, was the the risk of transfering Johne’s disease to their newborn calves. At first Jon started looking for a colostrum pasteurizer, but the only options that were available required the pooling of colostrum. Jon didn’t want to pool his colostrum, he wanted to know which cow each portion came from and what quality it was - Jon wanted to do it the right way. Then he went to the Progressive Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Annual Conference and saw the coloQuick Colostrum Management System. “I knew that the coloQuick was the right way for us because it was a complete system, not just a pasteurizer.” When Jon and Dave brought the system to the farm, their calf-care person, Teresa, was ecstatic. In Jon’s words: “Teresa is a very meticulous person, that’s why we hired her to take care of our calves. The very first day she used the system, she loved it saying that it was so nice and so easy to use.” Today, thanks to the convenience of the coloQuick System, the calves at Lundgren Farms receive their own maternal colostrum which contains the antibodies and resistance that the herd is exposed to. The fast feeding of the colostrum translates into healthier calves, lower sickness rates and so far no mortality. As Dave puts it: “Since implementing the system, our calves hardly ever get sick and if they do, their response to treatment is much better and faster. We haven’t changed our treatment protocols since using the coloQuick, but our calves bounce back much faster – I am sure their immune system has improved.” The faster recovery time saves the Lundgrens time and money. Dave and Jon feel very strongly about the benefits of the system: “ We took a risk purchasing the system just as we came out of a bad year, but the investment has paid off and the system exceeded our expectations.” 

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Calves that consume 4 liters of colostrum immediately after birth will produce significantly more milk as adults compared to calves that consume only 2 liters of colostrum. • 1st lactation: 950 kg more • 2nd lactation: 1.650 kg more

”When both pathogenic bacteria and immunoglobulins are present in the intestine, they compete for intestinal absorption sites where they then pass through the intestinal wall. Therefore: A reduction in the presence of pathogens improves the efficiency of immunoglobulin absorption from colostrum.”

Reference: The Professional Animal Scientist 21 (2005), 420-425, Faber, S. N. et al., University of Arizona

Reference: J. Dairy Sci., Sep. 2009, Elizondo-Salazar and Heinrichs, The Pennsylvania State University

”Bacterial growth can be minimized in stored colostrum (banked for future feeding) if it is frozen immediately after milking the cow. This ensures the best possible starting point for feeding quality colostrum to the newborn calves.”

”It is a fact, that if heifer calves can avoid getting scours, they will achieve significantly higher milk yields as adult cows.” References: J. Dairy Sci., Vol. 91, no. 4, 2008

Reference: KvægInfo 1950, 2009, Malene V. Laursen and Karen Helle Sloth, Agrotech

”Expect that 50-60% of all colostrum in the herd does not have sufficient quality for feeding. Visual colostrum evaluation alone is not sufficient to determine quality.” Reference: J. Dairy Sci. 91, 704-712, 2008

”Age at first calving is delayed 6 months on average for heifers that required treatment for calfhood infections (such as pneumonia) compared to calves that did not require treatment.” Reference: KvægInfo 1808, Lars E. Larsen, The Veterinarian InstitutE, TechnicalUniversity of Denmark, 2007

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ď Ź When a calf is born

1 Take colostrum

Freezer bank

140°F 15 min

Warm up the colostrum

Good colostrum in the bank

Feed the calf top quality colostrum

Test the colostrum

Milk the cow according to normal farm rutines

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coloQuick and lean Easy to get it right Business consultant Susanne Pejstrup, Lean Farming ® LEAN is about creating more value with less resources. It is a production system, where you aim for: 1. Delivering precisely what creates value for the customer Reducing all kinds of waste in the value chain

Value for the calf In this context the ”customer” is the calf. What provides value for the newborn calf is: 1. Quantity: 4 liters 2. Time: Before 1 hour after birth 3. Quality: High concentration of immunoglobulins; that is more than 50 mg/ml 4. Hygiene: Pasteurized 5. Temperature: 100,4˚ F


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The coloQuick system encourages you to fulfill all the calf’s demands, which means all, that creates value for the newborn calf. 4 liters is a large quantity. You don’t have to milk the cow immediately, which means that the calf can receive the colostrum quickly after birth without extra work for you. The colostrum is tested, which means you can separate the poor quality. Pasteurization is optional, which means that you don’t feed the calf bacteria. The heating is gentle, so that the immunoglobulins are not destroyed. Finally the colostrum has the correct feeding temperature every time.

Business consultant Susanne Pejstrup, Lean Farming ®

Facts what is Lean? From 1930 and onwards Toyota developed the production system TPS, which caused a large increase in their competitiveness on the world market. Womack, Roos og Jones described the system in the book on 1990, The Machine That Changed The World. They found, that the production system produced less errors, less waste and consumed less resources and time – and indeed consumed less of everything. That is why they called it LEAN and in 1996 they wrote the book Lean Thinking describing the 5 Lean principles. Lean consists of some tools, but it is also a culture, where involvement of the employees is crucial.

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Reduced waste in the value stream You can see many kinds of “waste” in the production. - Waste of time because of unclear working procedures. If your employees don’t know precisely, what to do, they make mistakes and waste time asking questions and searching for things. - Waiting time is also waste. One example is, when you should milk a cow outside normal milking hours, and when you are waiting for the colostrum to get warmed up. - If good colostrum is destroyed in the micro wave by too hefty heating, it is waste of the immunoglobulins, that are so important for the calf. Actually it is wasted work to use the colostrum. - It is waste of time to nurse a sick calf, if you can avoid a sick calf by changing procedures. - It is obvious that dead calves is a clear waste factor. It is waste of labor, feed and other resources as well. - If the daily weight gain is merely 500 g pr. day, and the potential gain is 1.000 g pr. day, it is waste. You need twice as many feeding days to reach a weight of 100 kilo. Furthermore poor growth is waste because of a lower performance in the first lactation. - It is waste, when your employees do things in different ways, and the results therefore vary in quality. Simple standard procedure You save working hours, if all your employees can do the work the same way every time. The coloQuick concept encourages that. There is a completely firm standard procedure, that is simple to carry out. It means a lot, that the procedure is so simple and easy to do, that you gain nothing by doing things differently. It is easy to get it right. Flow in the working procedures Having a colostrum bank, you don’t need to harvest the colostrum immediately after calving. That gives you a better flow in the working procedures. You can quickly warm up the colostrum from the colostrum bank, which means that it is obvious to feed the calf colostrum right away, and you are not tempted to wait. You can milk the cow at the next ordinary milking hour. This gives you less waiting time and saves some extra working procedures.

t h e c o los t r u m manag e m e n t sys t e m ��

The Colostrum Management System coloQuick is sold as a total package containing the following:

esophegeal feeder

Tubes, fittings etc.


teat unit


35 colostrum bags thaw unit


10 cartridges

Maxx 4

filling rack

Maxx 8

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Between two countries: The Kloppenburg Family moved in 2002 from Holland to Denmark, where the parents, Yke and Rein, now run a farm with 206 milk cows. To Margriet it was a positive experience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it gave her the guts to travel to other countries, when her cycling career and love life will allow

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The bicycle nomad Dutch milk producers are some of the most mobile in the world. They move around following the cows – and they bring their family who has to learn to root in a new culture. Here you can meet one of the people from Holland, who settled in a new country

It was Margriet Kloppenburg’s parents, who moved the family from Holland to Denmark back in 2002, when they bought a farm on Zealand. Today Margriet is a professional cyclist, on the Danish national team – and she is doing fine on the road between Holland, Denmark and other countries. She is fair like Danish Lurpak butter on a summer day. And she speaks Danish with no accent at all. But in fact 23-year old Margriet Kloppenburg stayed in Denmark only for nine years. - Yes, I was born and raised in Holland, tells Margriet, and she continues: - My parents, being milk producers, were looking for a farm abroad, and we all talked a lot about it, also my little brother and me, so we kind of felt it was also our decision. More countries came into question, but it ended up with Denmark, and we all looked at some farms here. For at teenager of 14 it might be difficult to say goodbye to friends and school and so on. But to Margriet that was not the worst thing. – I have been skating almost all my life – speed skating is close to being the Dutch national sport. But when we moved to Denmark I had to give it up, with no skating rinks nearby. That was hard on me, especially at first. Every time they showed skating on TV I was glued to the tube, at least during the first couple of years. And still I have that special feeling, when watching it, she grins. But it became another Dutch – and Danish – national sport that took over: Cycling. And to such

extent that today she is on the Danish national team, both when it comes to road cycling and cross. Exchanged her ice skates for the bicycle The family moved to Denmark on May 15, 2002. And while her parents were busy setting up at their new farm in Gislinge on Zealand Margriet and little brother Wilmer attended the Danish school. – I was not particularly happy with my Dutch class, and thus it was not difficult for me to move to another school class in another country. And I managed to learn Danish in no time – it only took me three months, tells Margriet, who sat for the examination in her Danish class after only one year – and passed all subjects. As a kind of summer training to her skating Margriet used to cycle since she was eight, and now she joined the nearby cycling club. And things escalated. Today, nine years later, her passion for cycling is much more than just a hobby – to such a degree that besides cycling in the Danish national colours for World Cup and


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European Championships she also participates in cross and road cycling for a Dutch club, Dura Vermeer Cycling Team. – There are many young foreign cyclists on a team like that, and of course it is hard to be away from home. But not to me; I speak the language and stay at family and friends, when I practice in Holland. It helps me a lot not being alone here, Margriet explains. Not afraid to move – again Margriet is a part-time student at Syddansk University – aiming to complete a bachelor in sport and event management – a special course tailored for elite athletes.

- That’s a good thing, too. There was a time, when I had to participate in the Danish individual time trial championship one day, and two days later in the Danish road cycling championship – and in between I had to sit for my exam. Of course I could not do that, but then the University just changed my exam to another day. It’s a fantastic system, she emphasises. Right now Margriet is warming up for the cross World Cup, as she was unfortunately sidelined during late summer. These days she is in Belgium to practise – and to visit her boyfriend, who is also a cyclist. – Maybe we move in with one another some day. But not in Belgium, Holland nor Denmark, I think. England perhaps, my boyfriend is from England, grins Margriet and continues: - I am a Dane now, holding a Danish passport, and I feel Danish. But the fact that I moved to a completely new country and gained new friends here means that I am not afraid to move again.

Margriet Kloppenburg is on the Danish road cycling and cross national teams. And furthermore, she is on the Dutch Dura Vermeer Cycling Team. There is not much time left to attend to her studies at Syddansk University

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The Calvex originator:

The american dream The Calvex originator and the owner of the company, Brian Pedersen, 48, is a little bit annoyed that he is not 10 years younger - Over time we gained a lot of experience visiting and dealing with American farmers – and we always loved it. We might say that in Denmark we gained a good foothold on the market, but there are great potentials elsewhere, and I must admit that I fell for the American approach to things: Had I been 10 years younger I cannot deny that I might take my chance “over there”, says Brian Pedersen, and he elaborates his statement:

- It is the way of not being impressed that characterises the work. It is the size, it is old virtues, such as “being true to one’s word” – that bewitches me every time we go there, and you always return home with new inspiration, he says. - Of course we may expand in Denmark and in Europe, on markets we already know and appreciate, but I still regard the USA as the country of the high potentials, also for our products, Brian Pedersen concludes.

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