New range of moist feeds from MV Feed Solutions launched
Traditionally moist feeds have been used when forage stocks were tight.
In the new world of higher milk prices, lower concentrate costs and relatively high-cost forage, producers are being encouraged to look at alternatives to increase milk production. Mole Valley Feed Solutions has launched a new range of moist feeds. The results on-farm have been dramatic.
The business has been driven by a need to provide farmers with a consistent supply of these products. Availability all year round has often been a problem with some moist feeds and may have deterred some potential users. This will not be an issue in the future.
There has also been a requirement to provide a particular combination of key nutrients to fit specific requirements on different farms. The products are formulated in-house and the alternative feeds and nutrition teams have worked closely to provide several unique formulations. All ingredients are sourced by Mole Valley and are subject to strict quality control. The production process is also controlled internally and is fully accredited.
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A revolutionary maize silage replacer is Mole Moist 1425. At 14% protein and 25% starch with a high level of sugar the product was used to extend or replace dwindling stocks of maize silage. Formulated using a specially developed molasses liquid, soya hulls and ground maize grain most producers are reluctant to take it out of the diet as the new maize crop becomes available. Typical responses have been in excess of one litre per cow per day.
The moist feeds are specifically designed to increase DM intake and milk yield. In many situations they will simplify the feeding system and reduce diet cost. Mole Moist 1600 is a 16% protein, zero starch, high-sugar formulation that has been particularly useful when fed as a buffer feed with cows at grass. The latest development for the autumn is Mole Moist 1805.
This 50% dry matter, 18% protein, 5% starch product with a high level of sugar includes the molasses liquid, high digestible fibre feed materials and pressed sugar beet pulp. As fresh maize silage is introduced into many diets in the next few weeks this could be the perfect complement. Also, many dry second-cut grass silages may benefit from an injection of a succulent, very palatable, high sugar feed.
Further new products are planned for the winter as different requirements emerge and the economics of milk production continues to improve. In the last 1year the milk price to feed price ratio has moved from the lowest level in the last 10 years to the highest level. This is a good time to look at investing in the appropriate feed inputs to increase milk output. Moist feeds provide an excellent option for most producers.