Feedgrade Molasses

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

Feedgrade 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

Important Notes

  • 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.