The first stage of brewing involves the steeping of malted barley in hot water to extract soluble sugars. The resulting sugary liquid ('wort') is drained off to be fermented into beer leaving a residue known as Brewer Grains. This nutritious feed material is fibrous and contains concentrated sources of protein and oil. It is moist, pale to mid-brown in colour and has a pleasant malty aroma.
As with all feeding stuffs, introduce gradually over a 7-14 day period. Brewer Grains comprise an excellent feed for ruminants and contains a good source of digestible fibre and heat-treated protein. Although often used as a forage extender, it provides valuable nutrients, which can also replace concentrate feeds.
Typical Daily Feeding Rates
Dairy & Beef Cows 5 - 24kg, Beef Finishers 5 - ad lib, Stores &
Dairy Replacers 5 - 15kg, Sheep 2 - 4.5 kg, Lambs 1 - ad lib. The precise
quantity of the above feeding rate are dependent on the quality of the
other feeds in the ration.
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