Fresser rearing is a system to prepare beef-type calves for the fattening stage
Fresser calves are from the Fleckvieh breed and stay at the dairy farm for 5-6 weeks. Here they can suckle milk from their mother or get a good amount of milk replacer; in this phase they hardly consume any calf starter or forage. At an age of 5-6 weeks they are collected from the small farms and come together at a calf-market. There they are weighed (75-85 kg), selected and go in groups to a farm. The Fresser calves arrive in groups of 30 up to 120 on 1 farm. Because they come from different dairy farms and have been transported, the reception protocol is very important.
The feeding schedule for Fresser calves
After arrival it is key to get the calves on milk as soon as possible. The first day 1 feeding of milk, combined with ad libitum water and/or electrolytes. After 3 weeks of milk feeding the calves are at an age of 8-9 weeks and weaning can start.
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In week 5-6 the Fresser calves weaned. Gradually lowering the milk makes them eat more calf starter, corn-silage and forage. After weaning the calves stay for 8-9 more weeks on the farm to reach a body weight of 180-200 kg. at that stage they have a well-developed rumen system and are ready to go to the fattening farm.
Animal numbers and economics
Most Fresser farms have groups of calves at different ages. The working procedure is all-in-all-out. The system works on a 15 weeks base; around 3.5 rounds a year. This means a Fresser farm with 500 animals on any given time of the year; will buy, feed and sell 1750 Fresser calves a year.
The economics of these farms is very sensitive to market developments. The price of young calves, feed-stuffs and finished calves can vary on a weekly base. Therefore, Sprayfo provides a cost-benefit overview on a by-weekly base.
Science-based solutions for optimum dairy performance
Sprayfo Delta has been developed with whole milk as the biological reference, mixing the best of whole milk with the best of calf milk replacers (CMRs). Inspired by saleable milk, Sprayfo Delta is high in fat, ensuring calves gets a high level of energy. Combined with a perfect balance of vitamins and minerals calves will get the best possible start in life.
With its superior quality and a milk powder content of 50% Sprayfo Royal is a front-rank LifeStart endorsed calf milk replacer in the market. Sprayfo Royal contributes to problem-free calf rearing: calves will drink it enthusiastically, show optimal health and grow maximally.
Sprayfo Excellent is a LifeStart endorsed high-quality calf milk replacer for dairy farmers who place the highest demands on their calf rearing. With Sprayfo Excellent you can elevate concentrations to a high level: up to 150 grams per litre of milk.
Sprayfo Vitesse is a LifeStart endorsed calf milk replacer for dairy farmers who place the highest demands on their calf rearing. Sprayfo Vitesse is easily digestible and very suitable to elevate concentrations up to 150 grams per litre of milk.
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Sprayfo Blue provides a well-balanced blend for proper calf rearing. Sprayfo Blue is based on unique spray-dried whey-fat kernels. Following the Sprayfo feeding and mixing advice your calves will develop well in the first few months.
Sprayfo Red is a calf milk replacer for economical and secure calf rearing. Sprayfo Red is very easily dissolved due to the unique spray-drying production process. It can be fed as from day 10 after birth.
Coming soon! Sprayfo e-Vito is the first energised calf starter feed that is being develop by Trouw Nutrition. Two trials in Holstein dairy calves have been carried out to date. In the first trial, carried out by IRTA in Spain, it was established that mixing in 10% energised calf starter pellet into the normal calf starter gives optimal results.
Sprayfo Avanta Calf Starter is based on research and experience resulting in a balanced formulation and when combined with Sprayfo calf milk replacers, Sprayfo Avanta is the basis for the best rumen development for calves in the first months: facilitating trouble free weaning and the best growth up to an age of 4 months.
In case of low quality or quantity colostrum on farm, an alternative to natural colostrum can be provided with Sprayfo Colostrum: a feed material perfectly suitable to be provided as a colostrum replacer or supplement for calves.
Sprayfo HydraFit is a complementary feed for ruminants that provides the needed salts and sugars in the right amounts and in the correct ratio. HydraFit uses a method with a pending patent that allows for fast intake of water and supply of electrolytes and maintain hydration status.
Sprayfo OsmoFit is a dietetic complementary feed for calves, developed to stabilize the water and electrolyte balance to support physiological digestion in case of diarrhoea. This patent pending formula allows for effective recovery and correction of metabolic acidosis.