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Posted 2/19/2013 10:12:06 PM
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I bought the milk replacer at the feed store last summer and didn't use all of it, so I put the remainder in a tupperware container and have stored it.  We're preparing to get this year's bottle calves and I wondered if that milk replacer should still be good? (as expensive as it is, I'd hate to toss it out if it's perfectly good - on the other hand, I don't want to poison a calf if it's NOT good)

I did not think to save the bag or check for an expiration date (if it has one?) - I bought the bag in July or thereabout.

Thanks for any feedback!! :)

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Posted 2/20/2013 5:25:08 PM
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Most, if not all, milk replacer has an expiry date posted on the package. You should try to look for an expiry date on the package to see if it really is good or not.
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Posted 2/20/2013 7:21:53 PM
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Well, if I had the packaging I would have just checked that :)   but that got thrown out last year when I poured the left over into an airtight container to store it in...  so the packaging is long gone...
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Posted 2/20/2013 10:26:24 PM


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Since I keep bottle calves, my milk replacer is always used up when the last one is weaned but I think your milk should be fine.  It was stored in an airtight container so thats great!  I would just check the milk, does it smell ok, no bugs or anything?  I just can't see there being anything wrong with it.  And if there would be something wrong, it should be obvious to you.
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Posted 2/21/2013 6:20:49 PM
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Thanks!  That's what I was hoping would be the case!
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Posted 2/23/2013 4:19:11 PM
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If I remember correctly, milk replacer generally is pretty good for two to three years from the time of packaging. So as long as it's stored in a air-tight container like you're doing, then yep, you should be good.
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Posted 2/28/2013 12:00:40 PM


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As just an FYI, I use my food seal-a-meal to seal bags like this. It works fine and will typically seal almost any kind of plastic bag (chips, frozen veggies, etc.).



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