Substitute for Mollasses in Feed?

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  1. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    I read that farmers add molasses to feed. What other liquid nutrient be added that would give similar nutrient value?
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Molassas is like adding a sugar topping, its low protein high carbohydrate. Its used to increase palatability, the nutritional value is secondary. It is about the cheapest additive of its type, most feed stores can order in a 45 gallon drum for you. Maybe scrap doughnuts would be cheaper????
     

  3. Ole Man Legrand

    Ole Man Legrand Well-Known Member

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    As a young boy on the farm,The only reason we put molasses in the feed was to kill the dust and add flavor. Just feed a good quality pellet feed and for get the molasses. Jay
     
  4. vegascowgirl

    vegascowgirl Try Me

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    I'm not sure about the effects in other animal feed....but adding a good dark beer to a horses feed can help some, and also gives them a beautifull shiny coat. The darker the beer the better...even the Queens royal horses in England are given a can of Guinesse each day with their feed.

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    if you have a brewery close by, you can sometimes get the mash that they throw away for free (others sell it to farmers for a very low price). Add that with the feed, and it works well.
     
  5. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Vegascowgirl is talking about brewers shorts and they are a high protein suppliment of the brewing process (yeasts consume the sugars and starchs and leave the protein) and are an excellent feed protein suppliment. If you can find them free grab them!!!!!! Personally I wouldn't waste beer on animals but its probably a good suppliment and I'd hope the animals would enjoy them!!
     
  6. YuccaFlatsRanch

    YuccaFlatsRanch Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We add molasses to our specially mixed grain for sheep and cows purely to keep the dust down. We use soy protein meal in the mix and it is dusty.

    The molasses in the feed also helps prevent ketosis in sheep and cattle that are about to give birth, not to mention that the animals love the taste.
     
  7. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Horses really like a good cigar with their beer. However plug tobacco would be sweeter than the cigar, and might please them more.
    Don't feed plug tobacco to your lima. If he spits on you be sure to close your eyes!
     
  8. vegascowgirl

    vegascowgirl Try Me

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    :D We had one (Comanche)that preferred Copenhagen (would steal it from hubbies pocket every time) :D Then of course there is Bravo who insists on drinking his beer straight from the can/bottle. Star is the lady of the bunch and only endulges in bubble gum once in a while. so far none of them have taken up smoking....that we know of. *LOL*
     
  9. Becky H.

    Becky H. Well-Known Member

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    This is the nutrient value on molasses, one cup:

    http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/cgi-bin/list_nut_edit.pl

    Nutrient Units 1.00 X 1 cup
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    337g
    Proximates
    Water g 73.70
    Energy kcal 977
    Energy kj 4088
    Protein g 0.00
    Total lipid (fat) g 0.34
    Ash g 11.12
    Carbohydrate, by difference g 251.84
    Fiber, total dietary g 0.0
    Sugars, total g 187.00
    Sucrose g 99.08
    Glucose (dextrose) g 40.17
    Fructose g 43.10
    Minerals
    Calcium, Ca mg 691
    Iron, Fe mg 15.91
    Magnesium, Mg mg 816
    Phosphorus, P mg 104
    Potassium, K mg 4934
    Sodium, Na mg 125
    Zinc, Zn mg 0.98
    Copper, Cu mg 1.641
    Manganese, Mn mg 5.156
    Selenium, Se mcg 60.0
    Vitamins
    Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 0.0
    Thiamin mg 0.138
    Riboflavin mg 0.007
    Niacin mg 3.134
    Pantothenic acid mg 2.709
    Vitamin B-6 mg 2.258
    Folate, total mcg 0
    Folic acid mcg 0
    Folate, food mcg 0
    Folate, DFE mcg_DFE 0
    Vitamin B-12 mcg 0.00
    Vitamin A, IU IU 0
    Vitamin A, RAE mcg_RAE 0
    Retinol mcg 0
    Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 0.00
    Vitamin K (phylloquinone) mcg 0.0
    Lipids
    Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.061
    4:0 g 0.000
    6:0 g 0.000
    8:0 g 0.000
    10:0 g 0.000
    12:0 g 0.000
    14:0 g 0.000
    16:0 g 0.061
    18:0 g 0.007
    Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.108
    16:1 undifferentiated g 0.000
    18:1 undifferentiated g 0.108
    20:1 g 0.000
    22:1 undifferentiated g 0.000
    Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.169
    18:2 undifferentiated g 0.169
    18:3 undifferentiated g 0.000
    18:4 g 0.000
    20:4 undifferentiated g 0.000
    20:5 n-3 g 0.000
    22:5 n-3 g 0.000
    22:6 n-3 g 0.000
    Cholesterol mg 0
    Other
    Alcohol, ethyl g 0.0
    Caffeine mg 0
    Theobromine mg 0
    Carotene, beta mcg 0
    Carotene, alpha mcg 0
    Cryptoxanthin, beta mcg 0
    Lycopene mcg 0
    Lutein + zeaxanthin mcg 0

    What type of animal are we talking about? http://www.lionsgrip.com/protein.html This is one of the sites I look at for chickens, and I got the molasses link from it. Good luck
     
  10. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    Why do you need something other than molasses?