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Boost use of low cost cereals in ruminant rations

Ruminant livestock farmers can now boost their useof cost effective home-grown cereals in cow diets thanks to the development ofa growing range of versatile alkalising ration ingredients from FiveF AlkaLimited.

Speaking to farmers at the Livestock Event, FiveFAlka Limited director and nutritionist Malcolm Graham said an average 100-cowdairy herd could quite easily make an extra 1,200 a month by replacing 3-5kgof proprietary blend with cereals at the moment.

Thats well worth chasing, particularly when youconsider it can now be done without the risk of acidosis, he claimed.

He added that studies have shown that with theright ration presentation such as has been developed with Alkagrain, recentlydeveloped Alkanuts or AlkabupHa, which when added to a TMR rapidly releasesammonia to neutralise excess acid in the diet cereals can actually now makeup 70% of dairy cow concentrates and 94% of beef cattle concentrates.

As a result, Mr Graham said that the company wasreceiving a surge of interest from dairy and intensive beef producers lookingto feed more of their own cereals.

With cereal and protein prices continuing todiverge, more and more producers are looking to feed more of what they can growon their own farm. The alkaline systems we have developed now allow milkproducers to feed up to 8kg of wheat to high performing dairy cows, leavingplenty of scope for typical mixed farms to use more of their high value cereal,rather than selling it whilst current ex-farm market prices are depressed. Similarlygiven current cereal prices any livestock farmer can create a very high energy16% protein Alkagrain for around 150 per tonne without specialist storage orequipment. Alkagrain can be made continuously through the winter as required soalso improving cash flow.                                                

FiveFAlka Limited explained that it is now able to offer farmers a suite ofdifferent ration alkalising solutions all of which will help kickstart avirtuous chain of events that will improve cow performance and health.

We can ensure excess acids in the diet are quicklyturned into ammonium salts, which are then metabolised as an highly effectiverumen degradable energy and protein source. This improves rumen function, aswell as helping to reduce the requirement for high protein feed ingredientslike soya and rape meal, Malcolm Graham said.


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