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Fodderbeet

Can produce more dry matter / acre than cereal grains. A sugar rich energy feed for ruminants but the composition can vary. Soil contamination must be avoided to prevent digestive upsets as should excessive feeding; in severe cases this can cause hypocalcaemia and even death. The digestive upsets are due to excessive sugar in the rumen and / or mineral imbalance. Chopping enhances intakes and ruminants relish the root due to its succulence and sugar content.

Typical Analysis

Dry Matter 18.0 NCGD 87.0 Salt 0.7
Crude Protein 7.0 NDF 19.5 Calcium 0.3
DCP 6.0 Starch 2.0 Total Phos 0.25
ME 12.5 Sugar 64.7 Av Phos 0.2
Crude Fibre 6.0 Starch & Sugars 66.7 Magnesium 0.15
Oil (EE) 0.7 FME 11.7 Potassium 1.5
Ash 6.0     Sodium 0.3

Analysis Glossary

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Limits to Usage

Fodderbeet should be well cleaned. If feeding tops they should be wilted to avoid metabolic and digestive upsets. Root tops can be associated with milk taint in dairy cows. High FME may limit inclusion.

Storage / Processing

If storing outside, try to prevent frost damage by clamping or covering with straw.

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

Reference / Further Reading

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