QLF Optimiser products represent a revolutionary range of highly mineralised liquid feeds. Now common place in the USA, QLF Optimisers allow farm specific minerals and vitamins to be included within your liquid supplement. This has many benefits, not least as all minerals and vitamins can be uniformly mixed throughout the whole ration. This is important where feed additives are fed at very low levels, are required on a daily basis in specific quantities and are a significant part of the daily ration cost. Including these additives within a liquid feed ensures uniform dispersion as shown in the graph below which compares crude protein in a TMR mix analysed at points along a feed trough.
Whilst the requirements for each farm may differ, QLF have several ‘standard’ optimiser products in the Dry Cow Optimser 25 and Optimiser CF (Cell-Feet) as shown below:
Dry Cow Optimiser 25
“Dry Cow Optimiser 25 is a fully mineralised liquid supplement specifically for dry cows. This product has been used extensively by QLF in the USA and the vitamins and minerals have been specified in collaboration with several UK mineral specialists.
Key Characteristics of QLF Dry Cow Optimizer 25
Molasses – provides very palatable 6 carbon sugars which help to promote dry matter intakes. A 1kg DMI increase pre-calving, results in 0.86kg DMI post calving. Molasses also helps to promote regeneration of rumen papillae.
Glycerine – a glucose precursor and as such is very palatable and high in energy.
Full Dry Cow Mineral and Vitamin pack – the specially designed vitamin and mineral pack includes chelated (protected) Zinc and Copper and high levels of Vitamin E and Selenium for the cow’s immunity system at calving. Magnesium is included to reduce the risk of Milk Fever by helping the ability of the cow to regulate Calcium blood concentrations. Magnesium Chloride also helps the anion : cation balance”
|As Fed||Dry Matter|
|Protein %||Sugar %||Mag%||Phos %||DM||Protein %||Sugar %||Vit & Min||Litres / Te|
|Dry Cow Optimiser 25||25||18||2||0.5||63||40||29||DC Opt||752|
All feed rates must be approved by your QLF merchant or representative as they will be dependant on your ration and livestock being fed. Feed rates shown below are typical rates for indication only.
Feed 1kg to 2 kg of Dry Cow Optimizer 25 depending on forage and days from calving.
Typical diet 8 to 3 weeks pre- calving
Restricted grass silage or grazing
4 to 5 kg of straw
1kg of QLF Dry Cow Optimizer 25
Fresh clean water
Typical diet from 3 weeks pre calving
22 – 27 kg of grass / maize silage
3 – 5 kg of chopped straw
1.5 – 2 kg of QLF Dry Cow Optimizer 25
Fresh clean water
Dry Cow Optimiser 25 is available from 1000L upto 28 tonne bulk loads and typically have a 3 month use by date. Product delivery is normally on QLF Articulated vehicles though short articulated vehicles are available on request. All products are suitable for storage in a QLF supplied tank, please see the equipment section for more details. Custom products are available on request.
Optimiser CF Range
The QLF Optimiser CF products are designed to reduce somatic cell contain and improve foot health leading to an enhanced milk yield. This is achieved via a combination of Zinpro Availa®Zn within a QLF liquid supplement along with a specific Vitamin and Mineral pack. Zinc plays a key role in helping cows combat mastitis and lameness, whilst helping to repair and replace damaged cells; if left un-checked, a Zinc deficiency may reduce milk yields, compromise reproduction and ultimately lead to an increased cost of production. To read QLF’s technical article on Availa®Zn and to see farm trail data please click here.
|As Fed||Dry Matter|
|Protein %||Sugar %||Phos %||DM||Protein %||Sugar %||Vit & Min||Litres / Te|
|Optimiser CF 16-2||16||34||0.3||67||24||51||Zinpro||762|
|Optimiser CF 24-1.5||24||34||0.3||67||36||51||Zinpro||762|
|Optimiser CF 32-1.5||32||34||0.3||67||48||51||Zinpro||768|
|Optimiser CF 40-1.5||40||35||0.3||67||60||52||Zinpro||775|
|Optimiser CF 46-1||46||36||0.3||71||65||51||Zinpro||763|
|Optimiser Cell Feet Sweet 1.5||6||27||60||10||45||Zinpro||792|
|CF Balancer Mineral||Zinpro|
All feed rates must be approved by your QLF merchant or representative as they will be dependant on your ration and livestock being fed. Feed rates shown in the table below are typical rates for indication only.
|Typical Feed Rates (Kg/head/day)||Suitable Feeding Methods|
|Dairy||Beef||Sheep||Youngstock||Lick-tank||Pour On||TMR Mix|
|Optimiser CF 16-2||2||x||x||x||x||x|||
|Optimiser CF 24-1.5||1.5||x||x||x||x||x|||
|Optimiser CF 32-1.5||1.5||x||x||x||x||x|||
|Optimiser CF 40-1.5||1.5||x||x||x||x||x|||
|Optimiser CF 46-1||1||x||x||x||x||x|||
|Optimiser Cell Feet Sweet 1.5||1.5||x||x||x||x||x|||
|CF Balancer Mineral||Farm Specific||x||x||x||x||x|||
The product should be introduced gradually to acclimatise the rumen, typically in the first 1-3 days, 15% of target feed rate should be included. This should then increase to 40% (target feed rate) for days 4-6, 70% for days 7-9 and 100% after 10 days. Please confirm with your QLF Merchant or representative.
QLF’s Optimiser CF products are available from 5 tonnes upto 28 tonne bulk loads. In order to ensure these products remain consistent we advise that no more than 6 weeks supply is taken at any time. Product delivery is normally on QLF Articulated vehicles though short articulated vehicles are available on request. All products are suitable for storage in a QLF supplied tank, please see the equipment section for more details. Custom products are available on request.