Very high in energy with average protein (13%). High in starch (64%), low in fibre (3% as naked grain), but tends to be low in vitamins especially biotin. Vitamin E is reduced when grain is stored moist with preservatives. It is useful for increasing milk protein yields and for the promotion of growth. Approximately 10% of the starch is rumen unfermented.
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Limits to Usage
Contains high levels of gluten which, if excessively ground, can result in a sticky dough, reducing digestion. The readily fermentable carbohydrate present can cause acidosis when fed at high levels to ruminants.
Storage / Processing
Can be crushed and rolled or coarsely ground. Sheep can eat whole grains. Wheat will improve pellet quality (10% minimum).
Material to have been stored in compliance with DEFRA code of practice
for the control of salmonella.