Use of molasses in livestock feeding


  • The different types of molasses are similar in feeding value and are available in both liquid and dehydrated forms.
  • Molasses is usually used in rations for cattle, buffaloes, sheep and horses.
    • As a source of energy.
    • As an appetisor.
    • To reduce the dustiness of a ration.
    • As a binder for pelleting.
    • To stimulate rumen microbial activity.
    • To supply unidentified factors.
    • To provide a carrier for NPN and vitamins in liquid supplements.
    • In the case of cane molasses, to provide trace minerals.
    • In ruminant rations, molasses is restricted to the level of 10-15% of the ration.
    • Excessive amounts of molasses (greater than 15%) will cause the feed to become messy as well as create digestive disturbance along with disrupted rumen microbial activity.
    • Poultry are rather sensitive to molasses as excess levels cause diarrhoea. Levels are restricted to from 2-5%.
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