Molasses is a kind of feed additive,which refers to a small amount or trace substance added in the production and processing of feed.Even added amount is small in the feed but the efficient is significant. Feed additives are inevitable raw materials for modern feed industries, which can increase animal production performance, ensuring animal health, saving feed costs, and improving animal product quality.
Feeding molasses is the easiest way to supply a good source of energy essential in any well-balanced diet to help maximize herd health, performance and fertility, as well as fueling the rumen microbes to stimulate dry matter intakes.
Molasses is primarily used for cows, including beef cattle, lactating dairy cows, and dry dairy cows. Adding high-quality molasses for cows into the forage has been demonstrated to add key nutrients and make the fiber in your standard feed more digestible.
Features Of Molasses
1.Rich In Feed nutrition
Molasses is an excellent complementary feed that improves palatability and digestibility of all feeds. It also acts as an effective mineral carrier and is available with a range of minerals, including Rumensin to aid in the prevention of metabolic issues (e.g. Ketosis, Bloat).
2.Improve dry matter intakes
The dry matter content of the molasses is about 65%, which is at least 3 times of the general silage. Adding molasses to silage can increase their dry matter content and prompted its natural fermentation.Balancing the diet to include a source of sugar improves digestion efficiency, so the animal is able to consume more. This results in higher dry matter intake (DMI) and in turn higher productive output.
In addition, the taste of feed molasses improves appetite, even during stressful periods, ensuring a stabilized feed intake for your herd. High sugar molasses-based liquid feeds can be useful to improve palatability, and to supply the rumen with readily fermentable energy to boost the rumen microflora.
Regulated release is patented liquid feed technology which reduces the cost of protein supplementation. Regulated release allows urea to act as a highly cost-effective ammonia source, controlling its release to mimic the behaviour of natural protein.
How to add feed molasses in cattle daily food ?
On farms, the molasses liquid feed is stored in tanks of different capacities depending on use. First, it is possible to spray and coarse mix the fodder directly into the feeder if sufficient manpower is available on the farm, or it can be administered by self-feeders. However, the best results are obtained by its addition, in a gradual and uniform way, to a feed pellet machine with minimal time loss and good quality obtained.
Traditional urea-molasses lick blocks for cattle were a convenient, lower cost choice for supplementing protein, energy and minerals in cattle. Supplement blocks have proven to be easier to ship, store, handle and distribute than liquids, and provide a simple free-choice method for delivering protein, energy, minerals and vitamins to cattle.