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OPTI-CAF Textured Calf Starter


A highly palatable 22% textured calf starter with rumen development and digestive support. Seasonally formulated with Clarifly® fly control.

Specially Formulated For:

Life Stages

Analysis & Ingredients
Feeding Instructions

OPTI-CAF Textured Calf Starter Advantages

Highly palatable to promote early intakes

Steam flaked corn increases starch digestion and energy

MOS (mannan oligosaccharides) prebiotic to maintain healthy digestive function and improve calf health

Organic minerals to enance bioavailability, provide strong antioxidant protection and immune function, and improve calf growth, health and vigor

Diamond V® XP yeast culture to maintain gut health and feed efficiency

Bovatec® for the control of coccidiosis caused by Eimeria Bovis and eimeria Zuernii, and increased rate of gain

ClariFly® seasonally added to help decrease fly populations

(Bovatec® is a trademark of Zoetis, ClariFly® is a trademark of Wellmark International, Diamond V® is a trademark of Cargill, Inc.)

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude ProteinMin22.00 %
Crude FatMin3.50 %
Crude FiberMax7.00 %
AdfMax8.50 %
CalciumMin0.90 %
CalciumMax1.15 %
PhosphorusMin0.50 %
Vitamin AMin5000.00 IU/LB
SeleniumMin0.40 PPM
Lasalocid(Bovatec®)33 mg/lb
Diflubenzuron (seasonal)Clarifly®4.53 mg/lb


Plant Protein Products, Processed Grain By-Products, Grain Products,

Molasses Products, Roughage Products, Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Oil, Sodium Sesquicarbonate, Salt, Active Dried Yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae), Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast, Manganese Hydroxychloride, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Zinc Hydroxychloride, Basic Copper Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Mineral Oil, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Propionic Acid (Preservative), Dextrose, Sodium Saccharin, Silicon Dioxide, Pellet Binder, Natural & Artificial Flavors.

Feeding Amounts & Instructions

Offer to calves free choice daily up to 7 lbs/hd/day (7 lbs per hd/day would provide 231 mg/hd/day of lasalocid).

Dairy Feeding Guidelines

For Calves and Heifers:

  • Feed large breed calves 4 quarts of high quality colostrum within 2 hours of birth and again 12 hours later. Adjust amounts for small breed calves. If colostrum quality or quantity is low, consider using a colostrum supplement or replacer.

  • Offer free choice water from day 2.

  • Offer free choice calf starter from day 3, starting with a small amount, and increasing as they begin to eat. Calves weaned at 8 weeks of age or less should be consuming 3-4 pounds of starter grain per head per day. Never let calves go without available starter.

  • Wean calves off milk over a 10-16 day period.

  • At 12 weeks, gradually switch to heifer grower pellet, offering increasing amounts of hay.

Milk Replacer Feeding:

  • See product tag for feeding guidelines for optimal biologic growth.

  • Weigh MR powder every feeding for accuracy and consistency.

  • Mix MR powder in 110-120° F. water. Feed to calves soon thereafter, at 105° F.

  • Mix MR powder thoroughly with half of the desired final liquid volume. Add water to reach final volume and temperature; mix or whisk solution thoroughly. Feed immediately.

  • For large mixing batches, agitate while dispensing to individual feeding containers to prevent settling.

Acidified Milk Replacer Feeding:

  • Check milk replacer solution pH prior to feeding to ensure 4.0-4.5 pH.

  • Keep at 70-90°F after mixing and feed free choice via nipple feeder.

  • Mix fresh every 24-28 hours.

  • Keep equipment, nipples and hoses clean daily.

Forage Testing & Customized Feed Plans

Your animal is unique – let us tailor a feeding recommendation to their needs.

Forage is the foundation for any high performing nutrition program, but do you know what nutrients your forage is providing or lacking?

Our unique forage testing program allows a high level of precision when it comes to your animal’s diet. That means more complete nutrition, less guessing, healthier animals and happier owners.

Poulin Grain offers complimentary forage analysis, and personalized feeding recommendations for your animals. Contact us today for a free one-on-one consult with our feed experts.

Group 9 Contact for Forage Testing or Nutrition Consult

Prefer to call us? You can reach us at 800-334-6731.
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The calf I grew with Poulin’s Alphaline Calf Starter... grew about 2.2lbs/day of gain prior to weaning... she placed 3rd out of 26 at a high-profile Jersey Show in Pennsylvania.

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