Healthier animals mean sustainable herds

Our passion for dairy nutrition began with animal nutrition.

Volac is committed to helping dairy farmers improve the long-term health and welfare of their animals in responsible ways.

We want farmers to make the most of their herds and the best use of resources available to them, so they can prosper and be more competitive — this makes the dairy industry more productive and sustainable.

Our animal nutrition business is driven by developing, manufacturing and supplying high-performance products, specifically designed to advance livestock productivity.

We manufacture to the highest industry requirements, making the best use of carefully sourced raw materials.

We have optimum control over the quality of the ingredients that we use and the formulations we generate.

We focus on providing every customer with innovative animal nutrition solutions — a distinctive combination of products, supported by deep technical knowledge, great practical advice and tailored services.

Our products and services cover:

  • Forage Preservation
  • Feed Additives
  • Young Animal Health
  • Feed Fats

 

Forage Preservation

We have long recognised that well-made silage and efficient forage preservation are crucial to keeping livestock fed during winter and we are convinced that superior quality silage can make a significant difference to a farm’s overall efficiency and profitability.

Maintaining the nutritional quality of silage across a range of forage crops is vital, so we manufacture high-quality silage additives — the market-leading Ecosyl™ silage inoculants — to the highest specifications at our cutting-edge research facility in Port Talbot, South Wales.

They contain a specially-selected bacterium, Lactiplantibacillus plantarum strain MTD/1, which is extremely effective at controlling fermentation and preserving the nutritional quality of silage, either as clamps or big bales. It can not only reduce silage losses, but independent studies have shown that it also improves milk yield.

Volac has helped to transform silage-making in other ways too.

We want every farmer to get the most from their silage, so best-practice advice and resources can be accessed from our product site and our educational Cut To Clamp platform.

Feed Additives

Volac is dedicated to developing species-based agricultural solutions designed to improve animal health, performance and productivity to those who strive for the health of their livestock. 

Offering exceptional customer service is at our core, equal to our technical ability to research, test and develop high quality products that go above and beyond expectation.  We believe in making agriculture great.

Our philosophy is based on fundamental principles that underline the importance of the animals’ internal and external biological systems and their subsequent impact on health and well-being.

A thorough understanding of farming production systems is essential before we apply our Smart ScienceTM and core scientific competencies in microbiology, biochemistry, enzymology and immunology.  With this knowledge the challenges are identified and key technologies applied to build product-based solutions. 

As our global need for sustainable food grows, we understand our pivotal role in developing science-based solutions that supports those who produce food. 

We  supply our products through a network of agricultural distributors, right around the world. Our distributors are supported through our exceptional customer service and product support.

Feed Fats: Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients (VWFI)

Volac created the world-leading rumen-protected feed fat Megalac® to meet the health needs of the modern dairy cow and from it we developed a comprehensive range of feed fat ingredients.

Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients (VWFI), distributes our entire Megalac® range as a joint venture. It combines Volac’s reputation as a leader in animal nutrition with Wilmar’s expertise in the refining and supply of vegetable oils.

As VWFI, both Volac and Wilmar aim to set the agenda for the responsible and ethical sourcing of raw materials and we believe that feed fats play an important part in delivering sustainable livestock productivity improvements.

Volac Wilmar sources palm oil products from Wilmar who have an industry-leading No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy.

The implementation of this policy can be tracked via Wilmar's ‘Sustainability Dashboard’ — a microsite dedicated to reporting on Wilmar's NDPE endeavour.

Learn more

 

Feed Fats: Megalac®

Megalac® is one of Volac’s most important innovations and represents the culmination of an intensive research and development process over many years.

It is a product that ingeniously optimises the unique dietary attributes of fatty acids and makes them available to the cow, without upsetting the balance that exists in the rumen.

The Megalac® range of feed fats has been developed to offer different fatty acid profiles, from which farmers can select a particular product. This makes it easier for them to meet specific needs in their herds — whether they want to increase milk yield, improve fertility or increase butter fat or protein content of their milk.

Our product-based Megalac® website provides extensive animal management guidance, nutrition advice and technical support related to feed fat use.

Animal Health Products

Volac ASGOLD is a dietetic complementary feed for the stabilisation of water and electrolyte balance.

Volac ASGOLD may be used in case of risk of, during periods of, or recovery from digestive disturbance (diarrhoea). It contains a unique blend of electrolytes, glucose, natural plant fibres and pectins. It is easy to handle and can be fed in conjunction with the normal milk diet. It is an ideal first feed for bought-in calves.

  • Re-energises
  • Rehydrates
  • Revitalises

Can be fed with Milk.

 

Volac Calf Volostrum is a nutrient rich natural alternative to maternal colostrum which is ideally suited as a first feed for the young calf.

Designed for use when an adequate supply of good quality maternal colostrum is unavailable. Volostrum’s guaranteed high specification makes it ideally suited as a first feed for the young calf.

 

Volac Lamb Volostrum is an ideal alternative or supplement when ewe’s colostrum is not available or is in short supply. This could be due to multiple births, a sick ewe or a lamb being orphaned.

  • Protein – 76%
  • Oil – 8%
  • Ash – 3%
  • Lactose – 8%
  • Moisture – 5%

Features and benefits

38g protein per 50g (140ml) lamb feed

  • Helps newborn lambs resist potentially fatal disease challenges
  • Highly digestible source of energy helps reduce risk of hypothermia
  • Consistent quantity and quality guaranteed
  • Hygienic, easy to use individual sachets
  • 3 year shelf life
  • Vital stand-by in any lambing shed
  • Independently tested

Packaging

500g pouch providing 10 feeds as a natural alternative or 20 feeds as a natural supplement.
10 x 50g single feed individual sachets in a handy dispenser.
Store at room temperature in dry conditions.

How to mix Lamb Volostrum


 

Volac Ewe 2 and Ewe 2 Plus

The Ewe 2 and Ewe 2 Plus are thermostat controlled warm milk feeders, for rearing orphan/surplus lambs which will help save you valuable time during one of the most labour intensive periods of the year.

The Volac Ewe 2 teat bucket can rear up to 20 lambs and the Volac Ewe 2 Plus can rear up to 40 lambs.

Please phone us free on 0800 919808, or contact your local Volac Business Manager for further information and details of your local stockist.

Features and benefits

  • Sits outside the pen
  • Ensures optimum safety and avoids spillages
  • Durable 300W steel heater element
  • Not made from glass so unlikely to break
  • Easily controlled thermostat
  • Allows complete control over the temperature
  • Comes with minisucklers, non-return valves and silicone tubing
  • Complete unit ready for use- no additional equipment needed
  • Milk consumed little and often
  • Less risk of digestive upsets

Assembly of the Lamlac Ewe 2 Feeder


 

Volac Milk Replacers

To give farmers the best information regarding young animal health, we offer guidance and tailored support via two online platforms.