New trials at the University of Reading supported by ED&F Man demonstrates the benefits of feeding molasses, not only on fibre digestion but also on nitrogen utilisation.
In the first trial, cows were fed on diets which contained the same energy and protein content but with differing amounts of carbohydrates. One diet contained no Regumix, a 27% protein, 53% sugar liquid feed while the others contained 0.7kg, 1.4kg and 2.1kg respectively. As the proportion of Regumix was increased, fibre (NDF) digestibility increased significantly meaning cows were making better use of forages. Additionally, good rumen health was maintained, confirming that adding molasses does not increase acidosis risk. There was also an increase in the efficiency of protein utilisation with more fed nitrogen retained and less excreted. Milk urea levels also fell showing that the Regulated Release protein in Regumix was effectively utilised by the cows
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