Products to improve the energy and/or sugar supply of the livestock

Mela-Dry

Dried molasses based product

Mela-Dry is a jointly-developed product of Adexgo Ltd., Solum Co., Vitafort Co. and Magyar Cukor Co.

Mela-Dry is created from molasses, a by-product of sugar production, using a patented drying process. In the development of making dried molasses The stuff of MTKI (Mosonmagyaróvár) – who has decades-long working experience in the field of drying and powdering has also contributed to the development of this dried molasses product.

Main characteristics of liquid molasses are as follows: Syrup from the last phase of sugar-beet crystallisation is called molasses. It contains sugar (app. 6-9%) unresolved from sugar-beet and other soluble non-sugar materials as well. Molasses is an important raw material for yeast, feed and alcohol production.

Dried molasses in contrast to the liquid form has a definite advantage that it does not demand extra equipment (container, feeder) for its utilisation on the farm and in feed production procedure.

advantages of using mela-dry in practice

  • ensures sugar supply of the cow
  • ensures rapid energy source for rumen microbe that is favourable for microbial protein (MP) synthesis
  • increases milk production and the energy concentration of the diet (it is known, that there is a reduced feed intake potential of a cow around postpartum period)
  • improves feed taste, fibre digestion, health status and fertility parameters
  • decreases negative effects of heat stress

The total sugar content of the feed can be set correctly with the utilisation of Mela-Dry, therefore NFC and/or NSC content of the diet can be optimised.




Dried molasses contains a large amount of easily soluble sugar. The highest portion of the sugar is sucrose, but there are fructose and glucose in small amount, as well.


Recommendations for special cases

  • feeding NPN materials (e.g.: urea)
  • using bypass protein and bypass fat sources
  • feeding alfalfa silage/haylage in larger amount
  • feeding dried corn in larger amount


effect of feeding dried molasses on the performance of high yielding dairy cows

Dried molasses (%)

0%

4%

8%

12%

Dry matter intake (kg/day)

25.3b

25.7ab

26.3a

26.0ab

Milk production (kg/day)

38.0ab

37.5ab

38.9a

36.7b

Digestibility of organic matter (%)

58.8c

60.1bc

61.1ab

63.1a

Digestibility of NDF (%)

37.5b

37.8b

38.6b

41.1a

Starch (%)*

31.5

28.4

25.2

23.2

Total sugar (%)*

2.6

4.2

5.6

7.2

Added sugar (%)*

-

1.6

3.0

4.6

*in % of DM; according to Broderick and Radloff (2004); a,b,c: P<0.05



recommendations (targets) for utilisation of mela-dry

  • Dairy cows: 1.0-1.5 kg/day (during the whole period of lactation)
  • Bief cattle: 1.0-1.5 kg/day (during the whole period of fattening)


Packaging

  • In big-bag or in bag.


important!

  • The ration of Mela-Dry should not exceed 20% of the total diet!
  • Do not feed it ad libitum, because in the case of overconsumption there is the risk of acidosis!
  • Take care of utilising any other kind of sugar or starch sources not only their quantities but their ratio too!

 

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