Sugar Cane Molasses has wide spread use on farms as a complementary feed material due its excellent palatability and nutritional characteristics, helping improve intakes and reduce ration sorting, which helps boost efficient milk and meat production.
TYPICAL FEED RATES FOR MOLASSES:
Sugar, in particular sucrose is the major component of molasses making it a rich energy source of readily available sugars for feeding in a variety of livestock rations.
Feeding Molasses on farm
At Molasses and co-product liquids can be fed to all classes of stock through various means on farm.
TMR mixer Wagons
The most common route in cattle rations is to include bulk liquids in a total mixed ration via a mixer wagon. The liquid is gravity fed into a mixer wagon with the quantity weighed in on load cells. Molasses should be one of the first ingredients to be incorporated in the mixer wagon.
A home batch mixer can be used where molasses is gravity fed from a measuring tank onto the meal directly. Molasses is best incorporated during the mixing cycle and should be the last ingredient added. The exact inclusion level will vary depending on the ingredients in mix and subsequent handling methods.
Molasses and co-product liquids can also be fed via various types of free access lickwheel feeders. The type of feeder will vary depending on target stock type and livestock numbers.
Molasses is the only product that is calculated in a Fresh weight Basis
Raw materials used in liquid manufacture, many of which are co-products, are subject to potential variation in nutritive values depending on origin and availability. Therefore the values shown are not a guarantee of the actual analysis which as per current EU legislation will be provided on an as fed basis in the statutory statement section of the weighbridge advice note at the time of delivery.
The nutritive values of a feed can be converted from a dry matter basis to an as fed basis using the following formula:
% nutrient (dry) x (% dry matter / 100) = % nutrient (as fed)
E.g. 46% protein (dry) x (70% dry matter /100) = 32.2% protein (As fed)
Note: Molasses should only be used in diets where recommended by a suitably qualified person. Furthermore, as feeding is only one part of overall animal influence, no performance guarantees can be made.