Get your cows off to the right start after calving
RumiLife CAL24 calcium supplement is a simple, unique, and complete solution to promote proper calcium levels in your cows.
Why choose RumiLife® CAL24™?
CAL24 is SIMPLE
Save time and labour – give two boluses right after calving, no need to catch each cow to give a second bolus 12 hours later
Slick coating and the tapered shape mean it’s easy to administer.
CAL24 is UNIQUE
The only calcium product with a one-time application recommendation
Formulated with two actively effective forms of calcium, plus magnesium and Vitamin D to promote optimal calcium absorption.
CAL24 is COMPLETE
Provides immediate and sustained release calcium
Calcium chloride acts rapidly for immediate absorption in the rumen.
Calmin and Magnesium regulate absorption in the cow’s system over time
Vitamin D helps facilitate active, sustained calcium transfer beyond the rumen
Don't take our word for it!
See why progressive dairy producers like Jim Weber of Level Acres Dairy in Wisconsin consider RumiLife CAL24 to be a key part of their fresh cow protocols.
Is it your goal to create a herd of healthy, productive, trouble-free cows?
Those are the type we call Alta 4-EVENT COWS because they have just four main events that show up on their cow card through their lactation: 1-FRESH, 2-BRED, 3-PREG, and 4-DRY.
RumiLife CAL24 is a simple, effective way to improve the FRESH event for your herd. Get your cows off to the right start after calving. Give one dose of RumiLife CAL24 to promote proper calcium levels throughout that critical first 24 hours of lactation
Why address subclinical milk fever?
You might not see it, but it’s there. Subclinical milk fever can affect as many as half of your cows in their second and greater lactations. It can prevent cows from earning 4-EVENT COW status. You don’t see outward signs or symptoms, but that hidden calcium imbalance in your fresh cows can lead to more issues – and lost profit. RumiLife CAL24 can help prevent it.
of your mature cows likely have subclinical hypocalcemia at calving
One case of subclinical hypocalcemia is expensive (US$)
Subclinical hypocalcemia can cost you four times more than clinical cases in your herd
▪ Retained Placenta
▪ Displaced Abomasum
▪ Reproductive Challenges
▪ Decreased Milk Production
Rumilife® CAL24™ FAQ
RumiLife® CAL24™ calcium supplement is a uniquely formulated calcium bolus.
The product contains calcium chloride and Calmin as sources of readily available calcium to help promote optimum blood levels of calcium and magnesium. It also contains vitamin D and magnesium to optimize calcium absorption and utilization for the first 24 hours after calving or other times associated with low calcium levels.
At calving: administer CAL24 to fresh cows after calving to help promote their blood calcium and magnesium levels. Also, in cases when a cow with milk fever needs a calcium injection, you can also administer CAL24 boluses 2-3 hours after the calcium injection to help provide sustained release supplementation.
Other instances of low blood calcium: CAL24 is also your solution for instances associated with low calcium levels, such as supporting high-producing cows later in their lactation.
The recommended dose of CAL24 is to give two boluses (one package) at freshening or other times of low calcium levels.
Yes! The bolus is not only a tapered shape, but it also has a coating that is very slippery when it gets wet. That means you can have confidence that it’s safe to administer in any breed.
No, it does not replace a calcium IV. If a cow is down with clinical milk fever, you should still administer an IV calcium solution. However, you can give CAL24 boluses to that cow 2-3 hours after the IV to help maintain her blood calcium levels.
There are two forms of readily available calcium in RumiLife® CAL24™ calcium supplement.
CALCIUM CHLORIDE: fast-acting and immediately available in the rumen.
CALMIN: a seaweed-derived form of extended-release calcium carbonate to help promote calcium levels for longer periods of time.
CAL24 also contains a third type of calcium, which is in the form of calcium carbonate from limestone. This is less digestible, and its primary function in CAL24 is to act as a binder for the structural integrity of the bolus. CAL24 does not rely on the calcium carbonate from limestone to deliver the calcium load of the bolus to the cow’s blood stream.
Calmin is a highly available and absorbable form of calcium and magnesium that comes from calciferous sea algae. It’s proven to be more absorbable than other forms of supplemental calcium because the unique structure of Calmin allows a cow to break down and absorb the calcium before it passes through the digestive system.
The calcium in Calmin is chemically in the form of calcium carbonate. However, the physical form of the calcium carbonate in Calmin is vastly different than the physical form of mined calcium carbonate from limestone. Calmin is formed by marine sea algae and if you look at it under a microscope, you’ll see it has a honeycomb-like physical structure. Limestone has a harsh, crystalline structure. It’s that microscopic honeycomb structure that allows Calmin to become soluble at normal rumen pH over a period of eight to twelve hours.
Vitamin D has long been known for its importance in calcium absorption. Magnesium plays a vital role in the cow’s parathyroid gland, and in the activation of vitamin D as it relates to the natural regulation of blood calcium levels.
CAL24 was specifically designed with these components so that it can cover a cow’s need for supplemental calcium. Because of the vitamin D and magnesium in the formulation, CAL24 can support the cow’s homeostatic mechanisms and control blood calcium levels during the first 24 hours after calving and at other times associated with low calcium levels.
While there will be some differences between cows because of individual variation, our studies with CAL24 have shown that there is a statistically significant rise in the blood calcium level in cows with subclinical hypocalcemia within two hours after administering RumiLife® CAL24™ calcium supplement.
The research shows that cows treated with CAL24 maintained normal blood calcium levels up to 24 hours after CAL24 was given as directed.1
RumiLife® CAL24™ breaks down and becomes soluble in the rumen at a slower rate than some of the other calcium boluses on the market. This is by intentional design.
CAL24 provides enough ionized calcium to support passive transfer of calcium into the blood steam and significantly raise the blood calcium level in cows with subclinical hypocalcemia within two hours after it’s administered. The Calmin portion of CAL24 then provides calcium that works with the magnesium to support the cow for a longer period of time as the bolus breaks down over a period of eight to 12 hours.
Calcium chloride is important for the cow because it facilitates the passive transfer of calcium ions across the rumen wall and into the blood stream. That’s what allows for a rapid increase in her blood calcium level. You can see evidence of this in the Jersey cow study published by Contract Manufacturing Services1.
Calmin provides the second source of calcium plus magnesium. Calmin slowly solubilizes at the normal pH of the rumen and reticulum. According to Celtic Sea Minerals, if rumen pH drops to 5.5, greater than 98% of the calcium and magnesium in Calmin will become soluble within 8 hours2. Other sources of magnesium oxide are only 26.2% available to the cow on average3.
Calmin is the unique ingredient in CAL24 that helps a cow maintain her blood calcium level for 24 hours without the need to administer another bolus 12 hours after the first dose.
Because CAL24’s formulation includes anhydrous calcium chloride, it’s going to absorb more water than another form, called calcium chloride dihydrate. That’s because calcium chloride dihydrate is already partially hydrated and anhydrous calcium chloride is not.
The CAL24 bolus gains weight inside the cow because the fluid in the reticulum binds with the anhydrous calcium chloride found in CAL24. Competitor products use different forms of calcium chloride, which means their bolus may not react the same way in the stomach of the cow.
More is not always better. That’s also true when it comes to calcium supplements.
Some boluses release a higher level of calcium than CAL24 in a short time period. Too much calcium, too quickly can actually have a negative impact on the cow’s natural response to hypocalcemia.
A cow’s metabolic mechanism naturally works to keep the blood calcium levels in a narrow range. When too much calcium is flooded into the cow’s system it shuts down the metabolic pathways to bring more calcium into her bloodstream.
That’s why CAL24 is formulated to deliver just the right amount of calcium in a short period of time, and then sustain that level of calcium through the high risk period. It’s also why CAL24 has vitamin D and magnesium to help the cow with her ability to use and regulate calcium.
When a cow’s blood calcium level gets too high, she can go into cardiac arrest.
It’s very unlikely this will happen by giving oral calcium supplements, even if they receive two or three times the recommended dosage. However, it can happen on occasion when cows are given IV calcium.
With oral calcium supplements, our goal should be to get the cow’s blood calcium into the normal range and keep it there until the cow’s normal homeostatic mechanisms can catch up. If the blood calcium level is higher than normal, the cow’s homeostatic mechanisms will actually work to lower the blood calcium. That means if we give too much calcium chloride at one time, we will raise the blood calcium to a level that is higher than desired, and much of the excess calcium will be excreted in the urine. Plus, her calcium absorption from the intestinal tract and bone will also shut down.
Lastly, because calcium chloride acidifies, too much can cause problems. Some acidification is good – this is what we get when we feed an anionic ration to close-up dry cows. But too much can cause the cow to stop eating.
CAL24 is the only bolus product on the market with research to show that when it is given as directed, cows with subclinical hypocalcemia post-calving will return to normal blood calcium levels 2 hours after calving and maintain normal blood calcium levels 24 hours after calving. There is no need to routinely administer another bolus 12 hours after the cow received her first bolus.1
The shelf life of CAL24 is two years.
- Evaluation of RumiLife® CAL24™ as a Supplement Given to Postpartum Dairy Cows; T.J. Arver, DVM, T.J. Silberhorn, MS (currently unpublished)
- Celtic Sea Minerals, 2011 https://celticseaminerals.com/calmin/
- Quantitative Prediction of Magnesium Absorption in Dairy Cows; Schonewille et al (J. Dairy Sci. 2008. 91:271-278)
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Get your cows off to the right start after calving with the uniquely formulated RumiLife CAL24 calcium supplement. Immediate and sustained release calcium, plus magnesium and vitamin D, means these boluses promote proper calcium levels in cows for the critical first 24 hours after calving.
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