The Store & Thaw Colostrum Management system comprises a Storage Kit and a Thawing water bath. Made in Britain & 3 year warranty in the UK.Buy now
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Why choose Store & Thaw?
Allows colostrum to be tested, packaged & frozen. The thawing system defrosts colostrum rapidly and can also be used for pasteurisation if required.
Allows efficient collection of colostrum so that it can be tested and frozen for future use.
The RABDF Livestock Machinery and Equipment Award made to the product that delivers the most economic value to the livestock sector was presented to Pyon Products at the Livestock Event held at The NEC, Birmingham on 6 and 7 July.
The calf benefits from a good start whenever it is born, and the farmer benefits from a better lifestyle, establishing a good protocol throughout the day and night.
This kit contains a colostrometer or refractometer for testing, a filling station, jug and funnel with 40 bags .It also has freezer trays, labels & pen. A thermometer is included to check the feeding temperature
The portable heater/stirrer unit clamps to the side and the insulated lid prevents heat escaping.It can be set at a max of 50°C for warming colostrum or 60°C for 60 mins for pasteurisation.
Store & Thaw Colostrum bags are multi layered with welded seams for extra strength. The wide mouth corner gland allows for quick filling and emptying. They are 5 litre bags which can be filled with up to 4 litres of colostrum, but a quicker thaw will be achieved storing 2 litres of colostrum per bag.
The Speedyfeeder bottle comes with a teat and a tube alternative. The bottle has a valve to allow a fast or slow flow. Our most popular feeding bottle to date. We recommend the 4 litre version.
While the majority of calf rearers like to tip the colostrum into a teated feeding bottle, sometimes it’s quicker to feed via an oesophageal tube. It’s important that a Vet shows a novice how to use a tube, as incorrect use can cause drowning.
We offer 2 tubes which connect directly to the Store & Thaw bag. Feeding direct from the bag can prevent contamination from a dirty bottle.
The Trusti Tuber is a novel product designed by a Vet from New Zealand. The tube has graduated weights marked on it, so it gives a guide on how far to insert the tube for a 20kg, 50kg, 80kg and 110kg calf. It comes complete with a Store& Thaw bag connector.
The Mini Calf Feeder is a tube with a small bulb designed to be comfortable for small breeds and premature calves. It comes complete with a Store &Thaw bag connector and a pinch clamp on the tube.
Handling a wet slippery calf and a colostrum bag requires patience and dexterity. We provide a colostrum carrier bag so the warm colostrum can be lowered when inserting the tube, carried across the shoulder, or hooked onto a hurdle when dispensing by gravity. The rope bag has an adjustable strap and is reusable, robust and washable.
Got a question? Check below to see if we've answered it.
Many calves do not receive sufficient colostrum in the first 6 hours of life. Keeping a bank of frozen colostrum is an efficient way to make sure every calf gets a good start in life. Colostrum is a vital first feed. Calves acquire passive immunity from their dam’s colostrum and without it they are vulnerable to disease, leading to poor growth, higher vet & medicine bills and poor performance.
Dairy farms with a Johne’s Contol Programme will need to discard diseased colostrum from ‘red’ & ‘amber’ cows and feed healthy colostrum as a substitute. The Store & Thaw can also be used for pasteurising colostrum – set at 60°C for 60 mins. This has to be easily accessible and easily heated up for quick delivery.
A quick thaw means that any residual bacteria have only a short time to incubate. So a quick, efficient thawing process means a healthier sample of colostrum for the calf.
The freezer should ideally be a ‘manual defrost’ type for long term storage. The ‘frost free ‘freezers are not optimal as antibodies could become damaged during an automatic freeze/thaw cycle.
Chest freezers are cheaper to run and more reliable than upright models.
NB Some manufacturers do not guarantee a freezer kept in a garage or outbuilding. Read the small print!
The double walled insulated tank houses 2 stainless steel baskets, the portable Thaw Unit clamps to the side, and the insulated lid prevents heat escaping.
Routine thawing of 2x2 litres at 50℃ takes 12 minutes to reach a feeding temperature of 39℃.
As this equipment is capable of holding a steady water temperature of 60℃ for 60 minutes, a simple pasteurisation protocol is included with the instructions.
Tank measurements: Front-520mm, Side-590mm, Hight-500mm (Excluding the thaw unit)
Tank weight approx. 60 Kgs when full. Place on level surface. An aluminium platform is available as an optional extra
The Thaw unit is a precision instrument, combining a heater digital thermostat and stirrer. Designed to keep the temperature of the bath accurate to within 0.3 ℃, creating a flow of warm water within the tank around the bags.
Manufactured to a high standard in the UK and carries a 3 year, back to base warranty.
The baskets are made from electro- plated stainless steel. The pre formed frozen bags are loaded, clipped in place and suspended with a retaining rod to allow maximum contact with circulating warm water, preventing potential ‘hot spots’. We recommend 2 litre quantities for a quick thaw, but they will accommodate up to 4 litres.
Store & Thaw Colostrum bags are multi layered with welded seams for extra strength. The wide mouth corner gland allows for quick filling and emptying.
They are 5 litre bags which can be filled with up to 4 litres of colostrum, but a quicker thaw will be achieved storing 2 litres of colostrum per bag.
They can be used once and discarded (recycled), or re-used up to four times (with care). They are transparent so residues can be easily seen.
Only re-use the bag if you have a hygienic operator!
Store & Thaw bags are made from food grade plastics and can be frozen down to -20℃ and reheated.
The gland is sealed with a hygienic plastic pull ring. This should be removed before filling.
The screw cap makes the bag leak proof, so it can be frozen and thawed in a water bath at less than 50℃. It can safely be used for pasteurisation at 60℃
Lay the bag flat in the black freezer trays provided for freezing.
Here's what our customers said.
Fraser Jones, Calcourt Farm, Welshpool, 1000 cows and 450 bull beef
“I am very happy with The Store and Thaw product. It is a simple system that has enabled our colostrum protocols to be implemented with ease ensuring that all colostrum is stored in an easy hygienic way and then thawed quickly for feeding. We can be sure all our calves get the best possible start in life”
Tom Bailey (herd manager) for RFJ & R Partridge, Lower Buckholt Farm, Monmouth. 470 cows
‘I like having an organised system. The machine is always ready, and anyone can use it. The bags are easy to fill, freeze and defrost. The Speedy-feeder encourages the calves to suck soon after birth. Our blood results show antibody transfer is really good since changing to the Store& Thaw system’
Mark Lewis (herd manager) for Henry Lewis, Tack Farm, Bromyard, Hereford, 800 cows
“Since we started freezing and thawing our best colostrum, our blood protein results are generally 8 or more, and calf health is excellent. The Store & Thaw bags are quick to heat up in the water bath and the system saves a lot of time.”