Heatwave Milk Warmer

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Heatwave heats cold milk to be fed ad lib using heat exchange technology to heat milk on demand.

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Milk Warmer
The Heatwave Milk Warmer™ uses heat exchange technology to heat milk on demand. Suitable for feeding lambs, calves and goats. The Heatwave calf feeder is simple to use, calf feeding has never been easier with a Heatwave. It’s also a lamb feeder that gets results.

Milk Warmer

The Heatwave Milk Warmer™ uses heat exchange technology to heat milk on demand. Suitable for feeding lambs, calves and goats. The Heatwave calf feeder is simple to use, calf feeding has never been easier with a Heatwave. It’s also a lamb feeder that gets results.

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Labour Saving
It has been estimated it takes 27 man hours to rear 40 calves on ad lib versus 47 hours on a once a day system. Ad lib is a once a day system available ALL day. Rears up to 50 lambs or goat kids.

Labour Saving

It has been estimated it takes 27 man hours to rear 40 calves on ad lib versus 47 hours on a once a day system. Ad lib is a once a day system available ALL day. Rears up to 50 lambs or goat kids.

Nature intended a calf to take small meals, little and often. Large meals flood the digestive system and can give rise to scours. A suckler calf on a cow will feed up to 7 times/day, for 7 minutes/feed.

In hot weather, a large bucket of cold milk placed outside the pen and connected to a teat bar unit will allow calves continuous access to milk, and calves grow well on the cold ad lib system (acidified milk works best). However, when ambient temperatures drop below 10°C, it will be necessary to use a heating system to maintain adequate intakes.

Heatwave Milk Warmer™ system sits outside the pen, next to the ad lib cold milk reservoir. As the calf drinks, the cold milk is drawn through the Heatwave Milk Warmer™ and heated on demand, offering all the benefits nature intended.

Benefits of Group Feeding

Calves kept in groups can exhibit natural behaviour, grooming, licking and socialising. Farm Assurance and Red Tractor schemes advise this. Research has shown calves grouped before weaning age will take larger quantities of dry feed, as the group tends to feed together and calves learn habits from each other.

Satisfied calves are less prone to sucking each other.

Cost

Calves grow faster and drink more milk but the cost per kg liveweight gained is similar to a once a day or twice/day system. The goal is a bigger, better calf at weaning, converting milk into frame when the feed conversion is at its most efficient.

Calf Health

Many milk powder formulas are ‘partially acidified’.* Acidified milk fed ad lib will help the milk to clot and improve digestion. Lowering the pH reduces the number of pathogens and reduces calf scour, improving health and vitality. Small meals promote a healthy digestion. Calves which are not challenged by hunger, consuming a very high energy diet, have a good immune system and are less likely to suffer calf-hood disease such as pneumonia, and have less setbacks.

Where whole milk is offered we recommend the addition of a preservative** to fortify and acidify the whole milk reservoir. This extends the shelf life by 24hrs.

*Check with your supplier. ** Use a lamb milk powder recommended for ad lib feeding.

Lambs

When ewe lambs give birth to twins it is beneficial to remove one lamb and rear it artificially. This allows the mother to grow and feed a single lamb. The second lamb can be reared on the Heatwave Milk Warmer™ system and this gives both lambs a better start. Triplets are frequently reared on this system. Growth rates often exceed those lambs fed on the ewe!

The Heatwave Milk Warmer™ system allows a large barrel of cold reconstituted milk powder, to be mixed up cold and fed on demand, via the milk warming system. Lambs drink an average of 1 litre/day on ad lib. With 4 teats, the Heatwave Milk Warmer™ will feed up to 50 lambs. Use a lamb milk powder recommended for ad lib feeding.

Kids

Goat kids from milking herds will benefit from ad lib feeding. Follow the same guidelines as for lambs. Use a milk powder recommended for ad lib feeding.

  • Water tank capacity 25L
  • Number of independent milk lines - 2
  • Number of Supersuckler units - 4
  • Heating element - 3Kw
  • Power Supply - 240v
  • Capacity - 10 calves/teat, or 12 lambs/kids/teat
  • Cut out safety switches - 2
  • The thermostat in the Heatwave Milk Warmer™ is pre-set to heat water at approximately 42°C. Milk temperature should be 32-39°C depending on ambient temperature. Check before feeding
  • 13 amp fuse required

Specification Diagram

  • 1 Heatwave Milk Warmer™
  • 1 Heatwave Milk Warmer™ Storage Box/Milk store 48L
  • 4 Supersuckler bayonet fittings with 3 screws per unit
  • 4 Non Return Valves, 5M Silicone Tubing.
  • 2 “Y” connectors with short silicone connector and metal connectors.
  • 4 lamb teats and 4 Calf teats
  • 2 silicone tubes with weights and yellow milk filters 1.2M long (cut to size)
  • 10 cable ties
  • 2 Plastic Stokbord teat bars
  • 1 Hand pump for cleaning
  • 400gms Total Cleaning powder
  • 1 Set of instructions

Download our user guide, here.

“There is strong evidence that feeding higher quantities of milk or milk replacer to dairy heifer replacements gives better lifetime performance and less disease. Using Heatwave is a good practical way of feeding calves more feeds throughout the day which achieves higher intakes in a healthier way than once or twice daily feeding. Heatwave is a great innovation: practical, and allowing more farms to use best practice.”

Owen Atkinson BVSc DCHP MRCVS - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production - Dairy Veterinary Consultancy Ltd

“We bought a Heatwave milk feeder for our orphan lambs this year more out of hope than expectation. We have used the traditional warm milk feeders in the past and had a great deal of trouble with them – mostly digestive disorders and scouring. These difficulties eventually forced us to sell the feeders and return to bottles with all the extra effort and time that this required. We were attracted by the idea of storing the milk cold with the Heatwave and only warming it as required as we believed this would reduce the risk of bacterial growth in the milk and therefore reduce digestive upsets in the lambs. Our experience this year supports this – 40 lambs reared to weaning at 5 weeks, with no digestive problems or scouring. A truly excellent piece of equipment, reliable and easy to use which we unreservedly recommend to others rearing lambs on powdered milk.”

Andy Offer, Whyle House Lamb, Leominster

“Well, the calves are doing really well on the milk warmer, currently drinking 9 to 10 litres a day, they are shining! It’s good to go out in the morning and the calves are already fed!”

The Farming Forum, “ridger”, Tyrone, Northern Ireland

“This Heatwave Milk Warmer from Wynnstay is key. Get 4 litres of colostrum into the calves and stick them on it. Job done.”

Rob Cooke, Clotton Hall, Cheshire

“We are pleased with the Heatwave. Feeding this way has improved the quality of our calves by 2 grades. They have a nice bloom and shine to their coats.”

Neil Lewis, Kingsmarsh Holsteins, Cheshire

“I had no problem at all by using the Heatwave Milk Warmer here in Greece and no problem with the electric supply and my lamb grow in perfect condition, I had no casualties. In my opinion, your Heatwave Milk Warmer is a great product at a very reasonable price because here in Greece the cheapest milking machine for lamb start on 2800 euros.”
Kostas Zahariou., Greece

I can asure you that I am thankful every day for the time saved by using the Milk Warmer and also to see happy and healthy lambs feeding from it! Unfortunately I became aware of your products only at the end of our lambing season but was still able to raise the last few orphan lambs with the Milk Warmer. As expected it is amazing to see how good the lambs reacted regarding their weight gain by being able to feed on an ad lib basis with milk at a consistent temperature. I am looking forward to use the Milk Warmer from the start with our next lambing season. Thanks again for a good well researched and excellent quality product! We are really happy with the Milk Warmer and the ease to use it and will recommend it to other sheep farmers. The MilkWave Agitator and Lamb Warmer box is next on our wishlist.
Marlize Theunissen, South Africa

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