For ruminants, microbes break down the sugars in our liquid feeds quickly and extensively. This rapid release of energy make molasses blends ideal for supplementing diets containing excessive levels of protein (spring grass, silage) and fibre (old grass sward, straw). Additionally, the high palatability and unique aroma of molasses promotes appetites and masks unpalatable straights, with this being especially evident in total mixed ration (TMR) diets.
Including molasses blends into the (TMR) not only supplies energy and protein to the diet, but also facilitates the carrying of nutrients and minerals uniformly throughout the mixer wagon.
Due to its versatility, molasses can be included in diets through a number of different methods outside of the TMR. Top dressing of forages and feeding through lick wheel feeders are the most common of these alternatives. The size of the lick wheel feeder will be dependent on the type, quantity and size of the livestock fed. For top dressing on forages, molasses blends enhance poorer quality forages, thus, increasing animal intakes and overall dietary energy levels.