The molasses is derived from Australian cane sugar and is characterised by its excellent palatability and flexibility of use. Molasses products are the key ingredients for cost-effectively managing the performance of other feeds including pasture.
The molasses is standardised to Feedgrade Molasses maintaining a minimum 79.5° Brix and 74% dry matter.
Benefits of Molasses
- Increases milk solid production
- Improves milk let-down
- Improves palatability of additives
- Promotes animal health
- Dilutes protein in the spring
- Improves fibre digestion
- Assists in reducing heat related stress
- Aids continued growth and development of young stock
- Increases diet density when intake is reduced before calving
- Provides sugar during early pasture growth
- Assists pregnancy rates - condenses calving patterns
Directions for Use
Molasses should be made available to livestock at the following rates:
|Cattle||Dry dairy cows:||500g-1kg per day|
|Springing dairy cows:||700g-2kg per day|
|Lactating dairy cows:||500g-2kg per day|
|Adult beef cattle:||500g per day|
|Calves and heifers:||100g-500g per day|
|Sheep, Goats and Deer||Lactating or heavily pregnant:||100-200g per day|
|Other stock:||50-100g per day|
- DO NOT feed molasses at rates greater than 20% of the total diet on a dry matter basis.
- Feeding very high rates of molasses to ruminants grazing very lush pasture may increase the requirement for an additional dietary fibre source such as straw or hay.
- It is advisable NOT TO ADD molasses to the milk of unweaned calves. Young unweaned calves may not be able to digest molasses when drunk with a liquid feed, as milk does not go into rumen.
- Calves CAN digest molasses when it is added to meal and ‘solid’ feeds, as the rumen is functioning when these feeds are consumed.
- DO NOT allow hungry cows free access to highly fermentable products as there is a high risk of cows developing ruminal acidosis.