Storage conditions can affect milk replacer quality, even in winter.
When rapid temperature changes take place (from cold to warm, for example), it can cause condensation to occur and clumps to form in the milk replacer powder. This can make it more difficult to break up the clumps and requires more effort to dissolve the powder. With improper mixing, this can lead to a decrease in digestibility.
Experts at Grober Nutrition Inc. offer the following advice for optimal storage of milk replacer:
• Do not store product in rooms where steam is produced and contained.
• Do not store product in barns filled with animals generating heat and moisture.
• Do not store product near a water source (in the event of a leak.)
• Take measures to minimize pests (mice, rats, house pets, birds, etc.)
• Minimize the number of skids piled high. Stick to a maximum of two skids high to reduce compaction effects.
• Maintain an optimal storage temperature (about 40° to 68° F, relative humidity ≤ 60 percent.)