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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2010
Josh Hushon, Filament Marketing 608.310.5335 or [email protected]
BETTER NUTRITION CAN REPLACE MEDICATED MILK REPLACERS
Shoreview, Minn. – The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that milk replacers
may no longer be manufactured with the combination drug of neomycin and oxytetracycline,
better known as neo-terramycin (NT), in its current 2:1 dosage. For many dairy producers, this
will necessitate a change in the milk replacer they purchase for their calves. Approximately 55
to 65 percent of all milk replacers sold in the U.S. is manufactured with neo-terramycin. There
are two scenarios in which neo-terramycin can still be added to milk replacers:
• For continuous feeding, the total amount of the drug combination fed cannot
exceed 0.05 to 0.1 milligrams per pound of body weight.
• For disease treatment, 10 milligrams per pound of bodyweight can be fed daily,
but only for 7 to 14 days in calves up to 250 pounds.
The FDA also allowed that existing supplies of milk replacers manufactured with the 2:1
dosage of NT can be sold until August 2010.
“Most dairy producers who feed these medicated milk replacers are doing so as a
preventative measure against scours,” explained Dr. Tom Earleywine, director of nutritional
services for Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products. “In our research comparing medicated and
non-medicated milk replacers, we have not seen a consistent, significant advantage to adding
medication, especially when calves are fed a higher plane of nutrition.”
Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products has conducted 11 studies comparing non-
medicated milk replacers to those with neo-terramycin added at the traditional 2:1 ratio. In
seven of those studies, calves responded with an improvement in gain when the medication
was added. However, in the six trials where calves were fed a higher plane of nutrition, just
two of the groups showed a growth response. There was no significant reduction in scours
consistently seen in calves fed a medicated milk replacer.
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Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products
Better nutrition can replace medicated milk replacers
“These findings are consistent with other research which has demonstrated an
advantage in health for calves supplied a higher plane of nutrition,” Dr. Earleywine confirmed.
“Nutrition trumps medication every day, and the best preventative step we can take to protect
our calves’ health is to supply them with a level of nutrition that will allow them to fight off
disease challenges and achieve their full potential.”
In a recent study by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, a full
potential plane of nutrition reduced the effect of disease due to Cryptosporidium parvum
neonatal dairy calves. Calves fed the high plane of nutrition maintained hydration, had faster
resolution of diarrhea, grew more, and demonstrated greater feed efficiency than calves fed a
Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products advises producers who are evaluating their milk
replacer options to look first at plane of nutrition, not medication. A full potential feeding
program, including a 28 percent protein, 20 percent fat milk replacer with soluble fiber
technology along with a high protein, highly palatable calf starter will provide calves the
nutrition they need to ward off disease challenges and grow to their potential.
“Producers should look to nutrition and nutritional technologies that have a proven track
record of having a positive impact on the heath of a calf,” Dr. Earleywine stressed. “Feeding
calves to their potential will not only improve their ability to ward off disease, but these calves
also have the potential to reach breeding and freshening targets earlier, produce more milk in
their first lactation, and achieve a lifetime of better performance.
“Remember, there is no second chance to feed calves right,” he concluded.
Since 1951, when Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Company developed the first calf
milk replacer, the company has been committed to creating the best milk replacers from the
best technologies and quality ingredients. Land O'Lakes Animal Milk Products Company is a
division of Land O'Lakes, Inc. a national farmer-owned food and agricultural organization.
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