Molasses is an ideal feed supplement to maintain animals in peak condition. We deliver, in our tankers, bulk Molasses on farm in Southland, Otago, South and Mid Canterbury. We can also supply and set up your Molasses tank and pump. Ring 0800 24 74 34 for a free quote.
The relatively low estimate of metabolisable energy (ME) reflects the relatively low protein content of Molasses rather than its value as an energy supplement. High concentrations of soluble sugars in Molasses are an ideal complement to pastures and silages which are very low in soluble sugars. The sugars in Molasses allow the ruminant to take advantage of the high concentrations of soluble protein that are present in pastures to produce microbial protein and to reduce the need to detoxify ammonia. The rumen fermentation characteristics of Molasses ideally match those of grass silage to markedly increase the benefit from feeding Molasses.
Molasses is extremely palatable and can therefore be used to:
Stimulate appetite around calving in dairy and beef cattle
When poor quality roughages such as hays or stubble are the only feeds available, Molasses can play a unique role in providing readily available energy in the form of carbohydrates for improved rumen fermentation and can also provide a vehicle for the effective inclusion of urea in the diet. The combination of non-protein-nitrogen in urea and soluble carbohydrates allow:
Excellent harvest of microbial protein
This capacity to improve the digestibility of poor quality forage represents a major benefit of Molasses feeding. Stock require less feed to achieve the same energy supply to the body.
Molasses should be made available to livestock at the following rates:
Sheep, Goats & Deer