Super Fast Rehydration!

“The most critical step towards recovery for a calf that is suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration is timely rehydration with a quality electrolyte that will help it to re-balance its physiological pH to a normal range.”

Oxford Ag Electrolyte Premium Solution is a unique and high quality electrolyte that has been formulated to meet the latest, most stringent recommendations by leading calf rehydration experts. Many electrolyte products absorb moisture from the air, causing them to become solid and difficult to use in proper dosages. Oxford Ag Electrolyte is packaged in a Single-dose Perfect Udder® Feeding System that is ready when you need it, making its it easy and convenient to treat calves with diarrhea.

Just Fill it with warm water, Shake it to dissolve the Electrolyte, and Feed it. After the calf has consumed the entire contents, throw the disposable bag away.

No wasted time, no clean up.

Please Note: This product is best used with calves that are still suckling. Should a calf be down and not able to drink, IV or SubQ fluids may be the best option to rehydrate these calves.

Each Case Includes:

  • 12 individual doses of Oxford Ag Electrolyte Premium Solution packaged in convenient Perfect Udder® Feeding System Bags
  • 12 easy-to-use, disposable esophageal feed tubes
  • 1 Nipple

Price: $59.00

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Single Dose Includes:

  • 1 individual dose of Oxford Ag Electrolyte Premium Solution packaged in convenient Perfect Udder® Feeding System Bags
  • 1 easy-to-use, disposable esophageal feed tubes

Price: $5.50

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We are looking for veterinarians who are interested in becoming dealers. If you think we’re talking about you, call Dr. Rick Dumm, DVM @ 970-371-4644 today!

Electrolyte Premium Solution Guaranteed Analysis

Salt, Min 5.00% 5g
Salt, Max  6.00 %  6g
Sodium, Min  5.50 %  5.5g
Sodium, Max  6.50% 6.5g
Chloride, Min  4.50 %  4.5g
Potassium, Min  1.50 %  1.5g
Phosphorus, Min  0.10%  0.5g
Magnesium, Min  0.10%  0.1g
Bacillus subtilus 30 million CFU*/g

*colony forming units

Q: Are the electrolyte levels of Oxford Ag following current researched levels?

A: ABSOLUTLEY, see the chart below.

Electrolyte Analysis Chart

Product Evaluated Sodium Potassium Chloride Strong ION Difference
Bounce Back (Manna Pro) 136 10 112 34
Blue Ribbon Calf Electrolyte (Merrick) 144 20 75 89
Bovine Bluelite C (Techmix) 59 24 56 27
Deliver (Agri-Labs) 67 16 49 34
Resorb (Pfizer) 75 25 80 20
Oxford Ag Electrolyte (Dairy Tech, Inc) 130 26 72 84
GUIDELINES 90-130 mM/L 10-30 mM/L 40-80 mM/L >60 mEq/L

A blend of Dr. Geof Smith and University of WI guidelines for Electrolytes

The above analysis is based on information published by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and from Dr. Geof Smith’s table and guidelines as published in Veterinary Clinics of North America. The information is believed to be true but product levels can change over time and so all values should be confirmed and any differences from actual are unintentional.

Q: Why does Oxford Ag have sodium bicarbonate in its formula? I have heard this is bad.

A: High levels of sodium bicarbonate are not recommended in an OES based on its local activity in the abomasum. Oxford Ag uses a blend of buffers to achieve a buffering effect in the calf. The level of sodium bicarbonate is used in low levels that have been proven by research to have minimal impact on pH in the abomasum. It is the blend of the buffers that is the key in Oxford Ag.

Q: What makes Oxford Ag better than other formulas that are out there?

A: See “Key Features of Oxford Ag Electrolytes” for the major points. It is the combination of all of these items that makes Oxford Ag effective as an OES in calves.

Q: Why do you use a 100 gram feed rate?

A: This is the level that seems to provide us with the balance of enough material to provide energy and electrolytes to the calf while not overdoing the sugar content of the electrolyte. The majority of calves are fed levels of milk that exceed 1 pound of solids per day. As we feed calves more milk and continue to feed milk to calves that are scouring, there is less need to have high levels of dextrose in an electrolyte feeding. These higher feeding rate electrolytes may have been more appropriate for when calves had milk removed from their diet for a day or two. If we continue feeding milk to calves that scour and offer electrolytes, the 100 gram dose is a nice balance of energy and electrolytes.

Q: Should we tube feed or nipple feed electrolytes?

A: My preference is to allow the electrolyte to be consumed by suckling. This indicates an active intestinal tract and the calf is alert enough to absorb and handle an OES. If the calf is down and unable to suck, then the intestinal tract is not going to be very functional and absorption may be less than ideal. The use of SubQ or IV fluids is needed in this case. Can we tube feed electrolytes? Of course we can and they will be effective but once again, if the calf is not able to suckle due to dehydration, an OES is not the answer. Move to a more aggressive treatment of IV Fluids.

Q: Do we also offer free choice water when electrolytes are being fed.

A: Definitely yes!

Q: When during the day do we offer electrolytes?

A: Ideally it would be either 2 hours before or after milk feeding. This gives the calf a chance to balance out its fluid intake of the day. If electrolyte offering becomes too close to a feeding time, there is a chance the calf will not consume one of the feedings.

Q: Why is Strong Ion Difference important?

A: Strong Ion Difference (SID) is used to help rebalance the Strong Anion and Cation imbalance in calves with diarrhea.  By having a SID of over 60, you can help rebalance the loss of cations (sodium and potassium) that occurs during scours.

  1. Electrolyte Balance: The critical balance of anions and cations in this product has been developed using the latest research. By developing the proper levels of electrolytes for a 100 gram feeding rate in 2 quarts of water, we can be assured of getting optimum uptake of these electrolytes and help to get the calf rehydrated. The following data is a compilation of various author recommendations on calf electrolyte levels.
    • Cations:  Sodium and Potassium are key electrolytes. Although several papers will recommend various levels, a range of 90-140 mmol/L for Sodium and 15-30 mmol/L for Potassium is used for formulating this electrolyte.
    • Anions: Chloride is the primary concern on this side of the equation. A recommendation of 50-80 mmol/L is followed for formulation of this electrolyte.

  2. Strong Ion Difference (SID): This is the difference between cations and anions. The current recommendation of having an SID greater than 60 is met with this electrolyte.

  3. Buffers: Buffers are included in a calf electrolyte to help minimize metabolic acidosis with scouring calves. There are many buffers that can work in an electrolyte. This electrolyte uses a blend of sodium acetate, sodium bicarbonate and sodium citrate. There has been discussion that sodium bicarbonate will alter rumen pH and disrupt normal digestion in the abomasum. These findings were when sodium bicarbonate was used at high levels. This electrolyte uses bicarbonate at low enough levels that were found by research to not alter abomasal digestion. This is why Oxford Ag Electrolyte uses a blend of several buffers to allow for multiple modes of action for dealing with metabolic acidosis in scouring calves.

  4. Glycine: Electrolyte formulations often use an amino acid such as glycine to facilitate uptake of energy and sodium into the calf. Glycine’s research and support in the literature is widely accepted as an important part of a good electrolyte. The glycine level in this product is supported with the current research.

  5. Direct Fed Microbials (DFM): This electrolyte also has a positive direct fed microbial added to its formulation. When scours hits a calf, the normal microflora in the intestinal tract is disrupted and by adding in this DFM, we have the potential to repopulate the intestinal tract with positive bacteria before coliforms can gain hold and continue intestinal problems. Research has shown that this Bacillus is able to survive the challenging environment of an electrolyte so that you are assured of having a live bacteria entering the intestinal tract.

  6. Flavor / Intakes: There is little research on what flavors work best with calves. This product has been proven by calves to be consistently consumed instead of being left in the bucket or bottle for either discard or dumping later on.