THREE loading bays at the UMI 29,000 metric tonnes storage facility can discharge 240 metric tonnes per hour into road tankers dedicated to the delivery of molasses based products.
In an ideal location on the dockside of Ireland’s most efficient, large scale commercial port these storage facilities give NI agriculture a year round reserve of molasses.
Molasses is an absolutely brilliant, high energy product that not only boosts palatability and intake, but improves the utilization of rumen degradable protein, RDP, and Non Protein Nitrogen, NPN, in the rumen thus increasing milk protein levels.
An excellent source of fermentable metabolisable energy, FME, Molasses helps power microbes to capture a greater proportion of the degradable nitrogen in silage. As generations of farmers have found, feeding molasses not only boosts livestock performance and hence farm incomes, but makes cattle look their very best.
MOLASSES, being naturally high in sugar and available energy, offers real value for money and cost stability at a time when feed ingredient prices are volatile.
The role of molasses in improving palatability and boosting feed intake to help general livestock performance and condition has been appreciated by farmers for generations.
Research from across the British Isles shows that the inclusion of molasses with grass silage based diets increases total dry matter intake, milk yield and milk protein content. Studies with early and mid-lactation cows getting two to three kg daily of molasses found this increased total dry matter intake by 12%, milk yield by 1.1 to two kg/cow, a rise of between 5% to 12%.
These trials also found that using molasses at these modest levels increased milk fat plus protein yield by 0.07 to 0.15kg.cow, a rise of between five and 15%. When it comes to formulating livestock diets adding molasses makes sound business sense.