Colostrum Refractometer

Colostrum Refractometer products

Refractometer Colostrum Dairy/Equine
215 025
$99.95 inc. GST
To ensure maximum antibody protection is given to new-born calves, four litres of good quality colostrum should be fed in the first 12 hours of life. Colostrum quality can vary significantly from cow to cow. This BRIX-scale refractometer enables you to easily test colostrum quality for cow or mare milk. After checking calibration of the instrument with distilled water, two drops of the colostrum to be tested are placed on the glass prism. The instrument is then aimed towards the light and the colostrum level (approx 19% to 24%) is read off the internal scale. Readings above 22% indicate high-quality colostrum. Supplied in a quality soft fabric carry case, complete with sampling pipette, small screw driver and instructions for use.
NB: Some practice, or expert help, may be required to become proficient in use of this instrument.
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Freezing Colostrum

Use your Colostrometer to identify a cow or quarter with good colostrum. Withhold that milk in a Test Bucket or Quartermilker. Fill a calf feed bottle or a stomach feeder (see Calf Drenchers) and freeze. Microwave when required for orphaned or at-risk calf. Colostrum must be fed in first few hours of life to be effective.

Storing Colostrum Milk

If colostrum is to be stored for more than a few days in bulk without freezing and then expected to be warmed, it must be treated as follows:

  1. 1. Add one litre of 30% Hydrogen Peroxide solution, (available from vet or pharmacy) per 100 litres of milk, at time of storing.
  2. 2. Do not store any antibiotic-treated or blood contaminated milk.
  3. 3. Stir twice daily.
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