With an increasing number of organic farming enterprises establishing throughout the country, we at Premier Molasses are proud to announce, that we have 

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incorporated Organic Molasses into our ever expanding product range. Organic Farming, through precise management, allows for the production of quality feed in a manner that is beneficial to both the environment and also local wildlife. Recognising these benefits, Premier Molasses in conjunction with Organic Trust Ltd have become organically certificated and now have the ability to supply farmers with an important organic feed material.

Incorporating Organic Molasses into the everyday diets of animals, will not only help increase the energy capacity of the ruminants diet, it will also help reduce dust, increase the animals overall intake while also masking any unpalatable straights within the feed. Furthermore, organic molasses will help improve the structure of homemade Total Mixed Rations (TMR), while also having a beneficial effect on the rumen microorganisms and eco system.

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It has been widely flagged that this winter will be a difficult one for stock farmers. Forage reserves are depleted on many farms, as poor weather conditions during the summer months hampered attempts to harvest good quality grass silage. However, even in the bleakest of situations there are still choices available to farmers. Purchasing of straights, liquid feeds, forages or good quality feeding straw (if available) are all options that should be examined.

If available, incorporating straw to help supplement grass silage is something that farmers should consider, especially in the case of both dry cow and intensive beef finishing diets. Adding straw to a dry cow diet, will not only enable silage supplies to be stretched but will also help maintain cow body condition scores. Forage reserves can then be prioritised towards lactating cows and also growing stock. Introducing a molasses based liquid into these straw based diets will inevitably increase dry matter intakes (DMI) while also increasing the energy value of the diet. Including molasses and straw at over 50% of (DMI) intake levels is possible in some instances, depending on cow body condition scores. Important to note that a good quality dry cow mineral should be added to the diet at least 6 weeks prior to calving.

For finishing beef diets, moving animals to an ad-lib meal diet including straw and a molasses liquid should also be considered where forage reserves are depleted or of poor quality. By doing so, animals will be allowed to achieve their maximum live weight gains while again helping to prioritise forage supplies for other categories of stock. Excellent feed management skills are required when feeding ad-lib to help prevent any digestive upsets and maintain maximum growth rate targets. Adequate animal feeding space and a good supply of clean water should be available at all times for finishing cattle. Including a good quality general purpose mineral for beef finishing diets is also important, in general an application rate of 20g per 100 kg life weight should be sufficient. Please find detailed sample diets formulated for both dry cows and beef finishing animals.  


Diets for 650kg Spring Calving Suckler Cow:

Diet Specification Diet A Diet B Diet C
Grass Silage 64% DMD 2.6 kg/DM 3.0 kg/DM 3.2 kg/DM
Feeding Quality Barley Straw 5.0 kg/DM 6.0 kg/DM 3.0 kg/DM
Nutri Thrive Molasses 2.6 kg/DM ---  
Hi-Pro 50 Molasses --- 3.4 KG/DM 3.7 kg/DM
Energy Requirements 7.6 UFL 7.6 UFL 7.6 UFL
Energy Intake 6.6 UFL 7.0 UFL 6.0 UFL

An energy deficit of 1.5 UFL is tolerable only if the cows are in a body condition score of 3.0 or greater. Energy requirements are based on a 650kg cow 7-8 months in calve. Important to note that a good quality dry cow mineral should be added to the diet at least 6 weeks prior to calving.

Diets for 550kg + finishing animals:

Diet Specification Diet A Diet B
Feeding Quality   Barley Straw 1.3 kg/DM 1.3 kg/DM
Rolled barley 4.7 kg/DM 3.4 kg/DM
Distillers Grains 1.0 kg/DM ---
Soya Bean Hulls 2.4 kg/DM 2.2 kg/DM
Maize Meal --- 2.5 kg/DM
Standard Cane   Molasses 1.1 kg/DM ---
Nutri Thrive   Molasses --- 1.3 kg/DM
Energy Requirement 9.5-12.0 UFV 9.5-12.0 UFV
Energy Intake 10.5 UFV 10.6 UFV
Protein Requirements 11-12% 11-12%
Protein Intake 11.7% 11.0%

Energy values are based on a predicted energy requirement for 550kg cross bred and continental animals gaining 1-1.5 kg per day. The inclusion of a good general purpose mineral is important in all diets.

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The spring of 2018 will be a challenging one for many stock farmers. Forage reserves are extremely depleted on many farms, with this problem more acute along our western coast. Additionally, a high proportion of the available forage is returning dry matter digestibility (DMD) values of 66% and below, as excessive rain delayed crop harvesting dates, thus, reducing grass quality entering the clap which compromised forage preservation.    

In many areas farmers have already being purchasing straights, liquid feeds, compound feeds, root crops or forages for a number of months to help stretch home saved feed supplies. However, even with these firefighting measures feed stocks in yards are still running dangerously low. Prioritising forage reserves towards younger stock and moving forward fattening animals to an ad-lib meal diet could be one option to help alleviate pressure on what are already depleted supplies.    

Introducing a simple three to four way ration containing energy, protein and a fibre source with added minerals would complement the forage and be an ideal supplement for young farm stock. Adding molasses or a molasses based liquid feed to this diet would also be hugely beneficial, not only would the liquid feed increase the palatability of the overall diet, it would also act as an additional energy source. Furthermore, molasses blends with their high protein content can help increase dietary protein levels which is an important constituent for younger growing animals who are laying down large amounts of muscle and bone.     

(Detailed below are diets for weanlings based on 64-66% DMD grass silage)

Diet Specification Diet A Diet B
Grass Silage 66% DMD --- 3.7 kg/DM
Grass Silage 64% DMD 3.5   kg/DM ---
Rolled Barley 1.3 kg/DM 1.3 kg/DM
Soya Bean Meal --- 0.3   kg/DM
Nutri Thrive Molasses 0.5 kg/DM ---
Sugar Cane Molasses --- 0.5   kg/DM
Maize Distillers Grains 0.4 kg/DM ---
Energy Requirements 4.5-5.0 UFL 4.5-5.0 UFL
Energy Intake 4.8 UFL 5.0 UFL
Protein Requirements 13-14 % 13-14 %
Protein Intake 13.3% 13.6%

Diets are formulated for 300kg continental and continental cross animals gaining 0.6 kg per day. Always important to add a good general purpose mineral to all diets @ 20g per 100kg bodyweight.