BI-PILL – The first Bicarbonate Bolus for Calves – ‘Better appetite in diarrhoeic calves.’
Diarrhoeic calves loose buffers and fluids. They become acidic and dehydrated. That is why diarrhoeic calves loose appetite. Acidosis can be treated by administration of buffers. Buffers help diarrheic calves to regain appetite. In the past buffer solutions were administered into the blood in calves with severe diarrhoea, and into rumen in calves with light diarrhoea.
Bi-PILL are made from sodium bicarbonate, the bolus quickly and gently rehydrates the calf, allowing the animal to recover naturally by absorbing more liquid in the gut and preventing the loss of valuable fluids and buffers.
What does the Bi-Pill do? It buffers acidosis in blood and rumen. The calves start drinking again.
Why do diarrhoeic calves drink less? Because they suffer from acidosis
What is acidosis? In diarrhoea calves lose not only fluids but also buffers. They dehydrate and overacidify.
How dangerous is acidosis? Acidosis rapidly increases within a few hours. The calves drink less and less. They keep losing fluids and buffers, become weaker and weaker.
What can be done? Give a Bi-PILL immediately when diarrhoea is diagnosed. 1 pill immediately and 1 pill after the next 3 meals.
How about suckler cow management system? Give 4 pills at a time.
What is the Bi-Pill made of? Sodium-bicarbonate – a very affective buffer.
What is the Bi-Pill legally? Feed material. GMP+ FSA assured. Suitable for organic farms.
What losses does calf diarrhoea cause? £80 per case in light diarrhoea, £200 per case in severe diarrhoea, because of treatment costs, more labour, more rearing days and higher risk of death.
£22.00 – £200.00
Bi-PILL Scientifically tested.
Geishauser & Maag 2014: Zuchtungskunde 86,130-136
Scientific studies indicate that light acidosis in diarrhoeic calves can be treated successfully with bicarbonate pills: Blood pH increased after Bi-PILL administration, wheres blood pH decreased when left untreated. Diarrhoeic calves showed better appetite when treated with Bi-PILL.
Pills may be administered by hand or by pill applicator: Grab the tooth free rim, tickle the palate until the calf opens its mouth, carefully insert the pill into the oral cavity, and shut the calfs mouth for a short time. The pill is swallowed into rumen.