Guest Author - Jacqueline Rosenbalm
Anyone who raises animals whether for pleasure or profit will find this recipe a handy item to have on hand when the need arises. It is gentler on the animalís digestive system than the commercially available brands which often cause scours in newborns. The growth rate of the bottle fed baby remains equal to the babies that are fortunate enough to be raised unhindered by their birth mothers. It is much cheaper to use this milk replacer and more successful than most commercial brands on the market. You can find everything you will need at any grocery store.
Here is a list of the ingredients:
1) 1 gallon of whole milk (full fat)
2) Ĺ gallon of buttermilk
3) 1 can of evaporated milk
4) 1 large egg (well beaten)
Remove 2 cups of whole milk from the gallon of milk and keep for future use. Pour additional Ĺ cup of milk from the gallon jug into a small bowl. Add 1 large egg to the milk in the bowl. Using a mixer, beat the egg and milk until well blended. Add egg and milk mixture to the gallon jug of whole milk. Add 1 cup of buttermilk to the gallon bottle of milk. Keep the remaining amount of buttermilk for future use. Add the entire contents of the can of evaporated milk into the gallon jug mixture. Shake well. Refrigerate until needed.
When using the milk replacer do not dilute or microwave. This will lessen or destroy needed nutrients and can change the outcome of your experience.
How to use:
Fill the babies bottle with milk replacer. Heat using a pan of water on the stove and placing a filled bottle in the water, slowly warming the milk replacer until it is the desired temperature. Remove any skim on the top of the milk before placing the nipple on the bottle or it will clog the nipple. Feed the animal the same as you would use any other milk replacer product.
Have I ever used this recipe?
I have used this recipe for several years on newborn goat kids. We are currently using this recipe to feed newborn goat kids and infant bunnies.
My evaluation after using this milk replacer recipe:
The results have been significantly better than any commercial brand milk replacers I have had occasion to use. Not only is it less expensive but once you mix up a gallon it is ready for use. No mixing messy powders for each feeding that donít dissolve well and clog nipples. So, for ease of use Iíd give it thumbs up!
There has been no sign of scours or bloating that can occur with commercial brands of milk replacer. It contains all necessary amino acids and also probiotics to encourage healthy gut flora. Growth rates have been equal to feeding mother's milk, depending on the animalís individual appetite and activity level. So, for effectiveness Iíd also give it thumbs up!
I hope you found this article helpful and interesting. If you personally donít have animals and canít use this information please pass the link on to someone who does or who could benefit from the information it contains. This milk replacer can be used for any mammal with satisfactory results.