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Brewers Grains

Brewers Grains

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.

Feeding

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.

Typical Analysis

Dry Matter 23.0 NCGD 60.0 Salt 0.6
Crude Protein 25.0 NDF 56.5 Calcium 0.4
DCP 20.0 Starch 5.5 Total Phos 0.5
ME 11.7 Sugar 1.5 Av Phos -
Crude Fibre 17.0 Starch & Sugars 7.0 Magnesium 0.2
Oil (EE) 7.5 FME 9.0 Potassium 0.05
Ash 4.0     Sodium 0.05

Analysis Glossary

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Limits to Usage

Brewers Grains possess few limiting factors and can be fed to cows at 7 - 10kg / head / day, beef cattle ad-lib and ewes 3 - 4 kg / head /day.

Storage / Processing

Either feed in a relatively short period of time after delivery (2 - 3 weeks) or store in a sealed clamp. If clamping, allow grains to cool for 24 hours before sealing it.

Material to have been stored in compliance with DEFRA code of practice for the control of salmonella.

Availability

Now available all year round.

Reference / Further Reading

 

 

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