As quality foodstuff BIESTMILCH does what other healthy foods do as well, they support you to endure stress situations in a better way and and help to rebalance the immunity. And BIESTMILCH is a lifetime choice, if wellbeing is a longterm focus for you.
In order to kick off the calf’s immune system, it is vital the newborn calf consumes this first milking biestmilch/colostrum. Each cow produces about 12 liters of first milking biestmilch/colostrum at the time the calf is born. About 2 liters is fed to the calf within the first half hour after birth. About three hours later, the calf is given a boost of another 2 liters. APS then harvests the remaining 8 liters.
The prime location in the Southwest of the United States enables our supplier to collect fresh colostrum all year. Because of the temperate climate, calving occurs year-round here in the Southwest – which has the largest concentration of dairy cows in the world. In many other parts of the globe (including Northern Europe and Northern United States) calving only occurs in the spring because of the cycle of the seasons. As a result, colostrum products produced in these areas are manufactured only during the spring and can be as much as a year old before reaching consumers.
Comprehensive Dairy Farm Quality Assurance
All raw biestmilch/colostrum supplied must meet 2003 Pasteurization Milk Ordinance (PMO) requirements. biestmilch/colostrum is only collected from USDA Grade A dairies that are monitored daily for quality assurance compliance by a field quality control specialist. Raw biestmilch/colostrum from each dairy undergoes a 42 point in-house and/or independent testing protocol including chemistry, specification of pathogens and general microbiology and other necessary testing to assure biestmilch/colostrum is collected from the first milking and free from adulterants.
First Milking Biestmilch/Colostrum
Biestmilch/colostrum from the first milking produced when a calf is born has significantly higher levels of immunoglobulins (Ig), proline-rich-polypeptides (PRPs) and other important bioactive components. APS BioGroup accepts colostrum from the first milking only.
Development and Manufacturing
Only raw colostrum/biestmilch from mother cows who have not been fed with hormones or antibiotics, be it prophylactically or to make them grow faster is manufactured.
Harvested fresh and chilled, never deep frozen: The fresh Biestmilch is chilled to 4 - 7°C until it's picked up. It is not deep frozen at any time. Transported to the plant the manufacturing starts right away. The liquid colostrum is pasteurised to international standards (72°C for 15 seconds). Afterwards the liquid is concentrated by evaporation using the low temperature of 55°C.
After this procedure the colostrum is spray dried through low temperature processing, at these temperatures bioactivity is maximized. The final raw product, i.e. colostrum powder, is sampled and tested using internationally recognized procedures to meet dairy export standards. The facilities are certified by international ISO*** and HACCP* standards.
Many times we have been asked why we don’t add other Biestmilch products to our portfolio of capsules and chewable tablets.
We have a very clear standpoint on this topic. As long as we have not really thoroughly penetrated our market segment and as long as our resources are limited in the way they are, opening up other avenues that absorb marketing and sales efforts are a waste of time and again resources. The opinion that the approach of »pars pro toto« may work is illusional. We tried and failed.
During the first years of our existence we sold a fruit bar.
The market for bars is highly competitive. The margins are tiny. You will never be successful with such a me-too-product, if you are not available over the counter everywhere. Moreover pricing becomes problematic. Raw Biestmilch is expensive and cannot really be competitive in a market where cheap mass production prevails.
We tried to introduce a chocolate bar.
We assumed that the chocolate may pull the unknown Biestmilch, and would be received less ambivalent compared to the fruit bar. Another huge misconception, we had to give up this endeavor after 2 years.
We tried chewable tablets with chocolate taste.
They tasted really nicely. But for a tablet you should take on a regular basis the chocolate taste is not convenient. People complained that they cannot tolerate this taste at any time. This is not the case with lemon. You don’t overeat on lemon, but you do on chocolate. We stopped producing them shortly after launching them.
Another Biestmilch formulation have been the granules.
Assuming that mixing them with juice was more customer friendly and would so lower the inhibition threshold. We offered orange juice with granules at our expos booths. Finally we had to realize that we have to stay focused and position Biestmilch properly, and stick to our small product portfolio. It was a big mistake to think that one sells for the other.
Finally we had to realize that we have to stay focused and position Biestmilch properly, and stick to our small product portfolio. The same applied to our cosmetic lines made of cow colostrum and the other of goat colostrum. It just made us lose track and burn lots of money. The marketplaces of cosmetics and food supplements differ too much as to be marketed with the same concept.