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Cane molasses

Cane molasses is a sweet black liquid produced as a co-product of the production of sugar from the sugar cane plant. After dissolving sugars out of the fibrous cane at high temperature, the crystals of sugar settle out as the liquid cools leaving the Cane Molasses, sometimes called "Black Strap", behind.

High in both sucrose sugars and fermentable energy making it an ideal energy supplements and sweetening agent for Dairy, Beef and Sheep rations. Cane Molasses is suitable for inclusion in the diets of all ruminant livestock and can offer a very effective way to increase the palatability of feeds whilst contributing high levels of energy from sugars.

Typical Analysis

Dry Matter 74.0 NCGD 67.0 Salt 1.2
Crude Protein 5.4 NDF N/A Calcium 1
DCP 5.4 Starch 0 Total Phos 0.15
ME 12.7 Sugar 65.0 Av Phos N/A
Crude Fibre 0 Starch & Sugars 65.0 Magnesium 0.4
Oil (EE) 0 FME 12.7 Potassium 4.3
Ash 13.3 ERDP 33 Sodium 0.15

Analysis Glossary

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Did you know?

The flowability of Cane Molasses is dependent on temperature. Handling is acceptable in the typical UK climate, but can thicken in winter temperatures.


Cane molasses is available in quantities ranging from a minimum of 5 tonnes up to a maximum of 29 tonnes.

Limits to Usage

It has a high potassium and salt content which can lead to scouring especially in younger animals. High levels of sugar in ruminant rations could lead to acidosis.

Storage / Processing

Stores well for up to one year. Will thicken in cold weather, and a blend with condensed molasses solubles (CMS) may be needed to ensure flowability out of a gravity fed tank.

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

Reference / Further Reading

Cane Molasses

  • Good source of energy and sugar
  • Enhances feed palatability
  • Supports milk proteins
  • Improves forage intake

Recommended Feeding (per head/day)

  • Dairy 1 - 3 Kg
  • Youngstock 1 - 2 kg
  • Beef 1 - 2 Kg
  • Sheep 0.2 - 0.5 Kg




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