Milk replacer provides an excellent source of nutrition for young, growing animals. It can also be an ideal medium for the growth of microorganisms. Keeping microbial growth in check and preventing harmful pathogens from gaining access to the milk replacer requires strict control over production and processing.
At Merrick's, our manufacturing process begins with liquid ingredients. This not only allows liquid proteins, fats and other ingredients to be thoroughly mixed and distributed throughout the product, it is also fundamental to our ability to pasteurize our milk replacers. This is not possible with manufacturing processes that are based on dry-blending ingredients.
Organisms such as Brucella abortus, Clostridium perfringens, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Pasteurella multocida, and Pasteurella haemolytica, along with several Salmonella species are pathogens that are of concern in feed manufacturing. Proper pasteurization destroys pathogens and reduces the number of viable organisms with little, if any, effect on the nutritive value of the milk replacer. Merrick's pasteurization process assures that pathogens will not be transmitted into milk replacer, and increases their keeping quality.