Milkivit calf rearing solutions, for the best LifeStart

The first weeks and months in the life of a calf are crucial for rearing a highly productive dairy cow. 

Milkivit from Trouw Nutrition offers a variety of premium calf-rearing solutions. Based on our extensive LifeStart scientific research, Milkivit products and services guarantee calves the best possible start and a lifetime of high milk production. 

Milkivit solutions benefit you and your herd with:

  • Higher daily weight gain during the rearing phase
  • Reduced mortality and increased resilience
  • Breeding and first calving 1 to 3 months earlier
  • Higher milk production by leveraging the calf’s genetic potential
  • Reduced replacement rate and increased longevity

Science behind it

For modern dairy farmers, becoming more sustainable means the need to produce more milk with fewer animals. This challenge can be met by utilising each dairy cow’s full potential and maximising their average lifetime daily production. Attention to the quality of nutrition in early life, which strongly influences gene expression, is an important factor that affects maximum growth and future production potential.

LifeStart trial Kempenshof

The study: A total of 86 individually housed female calves, divided into two groups, were included in a longitudinal study at Trouw Nutrition’s Kempenshof facility. The LifeStart group was fed 8 litres per day of calf milk replacer; the control group was fed 4 litres per day. Both groups were fed at a concentration of 150 g/l.

Results: The LifeStart group had a 150 g higher daily weight gain until weaning than the control group. The difference this made for calves in the LifeStart group include: improved fertility, earlier first calving, an increase of 400 kg of fat corrected and reduced culling rates.

How to unlock genetic potential

Feed More Milk
Feed More Energy
Colostrum Management
Mineral Optimisation

Milkivit Energizer ECM

LifeStart science indicates that there are benefits to be gained in modern dairy herds from having higher energy levels and lower osmolality in milk replacers. Milkivit Energizer is the first in a range of Energized Calf Milk (ECM) products designed to revolutionise the way we feed calves.

Product details

Milkivit Calf Milk Replacers

Every calf rearing system is different. The Milkivit portfolio of products, endorsed by LifeStart Science, aims to provide a complete offering in order to deliver the solution for the needs of the modern farmer.

Optimizer  product details                      (Skimmed milk based)  Rearing product details                              (Skimmed milk based)

Elevate product details                                (Whey based)            Premium XL product details                      (Whey based)


OsmoFit is a dietetic water-soluble calf rehydration product. It is able to stabilise the water and electrolyte balance of the extracellular fluid pool in cases of diarrhoea by providing the required salts and sugars in the right amounts and in the correct ratio.

Product details

Download our product brochures and best practice guides

Milkivit Energizer ECM Brochure
Milkivit CMR Range Brochure
OsmoFit hydration control
Unlocking Genetic Potential Guide

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Our Youngstock team consists of:

Georgina Thomas - Young Animal Feed Manager

Dr. Laura Tennant - Young Animal Feed Technical Advisor

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