Molasses is a thick dark brown liquid which is the by-product of the sugar refining industry. With high sugar and low protein content, molasses is also known to have excellent palatability for all classes of livestock.
Molasses also helps with rumen digestion which is important for either a grass based diet or when blending high dry matter feeds such as dairy meals, grains, hay etc. When feeding molasses the cow can use the energy obtained from molasses for increased milk solid production and/or maintenance.
Other benefits of molasses include stimulating appetite, promoting animal health and maximising days in milking.
Key benefits of feeding Molasses
- Stimulates appetite at any stage of the lactating season, in particular around calving when cows are trying to reach peak production.
- Boosts herd energy levels and promotes animal health.
- Maximise days in milking
- Balance Spring /Autumn flush – high protein pastures , aids in digestion
- Can assist in pregnancy rates
- To encourage higher intakes of feeds, either via the milking shed and or TMR/mixer wagons, or to increase intakes of silage or whole crop if poor quality.
- To act as a palatable food source when training animals onto other feeds
- Molasses has a high level of soluble carbohydrates which stimulate rumen microbes to digest all available nutrients
- Cows fed molasses can also be less susceptible to heat related stress during summer and are less likely to suffer the effects of harsh New Zealand winters.