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Maize Germ

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A high energy, very digestible and palatable feed providing a good source of ‘slowly fermentable’ starch. As the name implies, these are the dried germs from maize after the oil has been extracted.

Information

Maize germ is a by-product from either the wet milling of maize, produced after the initial grinding and separation, or from the production of corn, often in the production of cornflakes and lager. The oil is either expelled or extracted leaving variable levels depending on the source as such, always check the source and oil content.

Benefits

Quite high in starch, energy and protein with good amino acid balance. The oil is free unsaturated and could be detrimental to rumen function if not formulated correctly. The low calcium content makes it suitable for feeding to dry cows.

Features

•   High starch and energy content

•   High content of digestible ‘slow release’ starch

Feed Rates

• Milking Cows Up to 6 (typically 3)kg with other feeds
• Dry Cows Up to 2 (typically 1)kg
• Replacement Heifers Up to 2 kg and up to 30% of the DMI
• Calves (to 12 weeks) Up to 1.5 kg and up to 25% of the DMI
• Growing Cattle Up to 3 kg and up to 40% of the DMI
• Finishing Cattle Up to 5 kg and up to 50% of the DMI
• Suckler Cows Up to 3 (typically 1)kg
• Ewes and Rams Up to 1 (typically 0.5)kg
• Hoggets and Lambs Up to 1.5 kg or up to 50% of the DMI