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ANT20A Flexi Tuber Calf Feeding Starter Kit 4ltr 1 1 Enquire

Additional Information

Flexi Tuber Update

  • The Trusti and Flexi tuber can be used on cattle up to 200kg.  This is good in cases where the animal is ill and needs hydration – supplements can also be added to the hydration mix.  This is a great feature as there is nothing else on the market able to easily replenish cattle in the 80kg to 200kg size range. To be able to easily treat these animals can be incredibly valuable.
  • It can also be used in adult sheep and goats as per above.
  • It is highly recommended to have separate Trusti Tuber units for healthy and sick calves. One for colostrum feeding new-borns and one for feeding sick calves.  This prevent the transmission of pathogens if not cleaned sufficiently.

New colostrum-feeding kit is kinder to calves, and safer and easier to use

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Dairy Spares has launched a unique new colostrum-feeding kit called the Trusti Tuber. Its design ensures tubing is safer, easier and more comfortable for the calf. It allows feeding to be done more quickly and with less stress for both calf and farmer.

Manufactured by Antahi in New Zealand, the Trusti Tuber starter kit consists of a mouthpiece which sits comfortably against the calf’s muzzle, through which a soft flexible tube is passed. Using markers of calf size and a stopper, the length of the tube can be altered to ensure correct placement and positioning of the tip end. The mouthpiece and tube are easily held in the calf’s mouth using one hand. With the other hand, the 4 litre ergonomically-designed milk bottle can be raised to allow the colostrum, or electrolytes, to flow down the tube and safely into the calf’s stomach.

Further design features include a clip on the side of the bottle to attach the mouthpiece and keep it off the floor, and the transparency of the tube allows better cleaning.

The Trusti Tuber was developed in New Zealand by vet Ursula Haywood who was finding her farm clients were reluctant to tube-feed calves, due to the associated stress and risk of tube misplacement. In trials the Trusti Tuber has been shown to almost halve the time it takes to tube calves and it reduced behavioural signs of stress by 88%.

The Trusti Tuber was developed to solve farmer concerns around calf safety, calf comfort and usability with traditional oesophageal feeders.  The Trusti Tuber not only prevents bruising and injury to your calf, it also makes the procedure easier for you.


Trusti Tuber Trial Data – Trusti Tuber Vs Rigid Feeder

The trial involved 28 mixed breed and sized calves, all less then 4 days old, split into two groups so there were an even range of sizes and ages.  One group was fed with a ‘rigid feeder’ and the other with the Trusti Tuber, both fed 2 litres of colostrum.

TRUSTI
TUBER
RIGID
FEEDER
 Time taken (secs) 73 132
 Kicks 1.6 12.1
 Vocalisation 0 2
 Post heart rate (beats per minute) 144 172
 Heart rate change 4 34
 Stopped early due to calf distress 0 6
 Number treated 14 14

 

NOTE: 6 calves (42%) in the rigid feeder group were stopped early (before the full 2 litres were given) due to exhibiting what was deemed too high stress behaviour.  Zero calves in the Trusti Tuber group were stopped early.  This has high practical implications on farm with staff often stopping early and the calf not receiving the full amount of colostrum.


To read our latest news article on the Trusti Tuber, please click here.

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