cow feed profitability with sugar

Forum: Increasing cow feed profitability with sugar

Published on: 08/21/2012
Author/s : Dr.P.George Kunju John (Animal Feed Consultant)
While humans are used to diets that contain concentrated sugar, it might be better if sugar was used in animal feed instead. Sugar is a concentrated energy food that is not a vital nutrient for humans; but, few studies have been done to fully determine all of the implications of using sugar in an animal feed diet. The feeding of sugar to livestock is a new concept in animal feed technology (PGK ...
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August 21, 2012
What about health implications? Cows would be exposed to a signifcant increase in rumen acidosis (clinical and subclinical)
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August 21, 2012

How about chocolate or candy? See following article: Farmer beefs up production with candy

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Víctor Gutiérrez Víctor Gutiérrez
Specialist in Animal Nutrition
August 21, 2012

I completely agree, in Cartago, Colombia, we have been producing since 1998 supplements based on sugar and its byproducts with successful results in dairy cattle, barley, lift and breeding, as breeding Equine in all its stages and zootechnical objectives.

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M.m.yaghobzadeh M.m.yaghobzadeh
Animal Nutritionist
August 21, 2012

Thanks for your useful information.

The use of sugar, especially in the 7 day prepartum calving to compensate for the energy in the first days after birth is very good and different research that has been done.

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Dr.P.George Kunju John Dr.P.George Kunju John
Feed Consultant
August 22, 2012

Dear All,
I appreciate the positive comments on my article' Sugar feeding to cows'. To answer my friend from NSW Australia I have to say there is no rumen acidosis if the sugar is compounded in the feed with right technology. Sugar as such is non fermentable sugar therefore it is possible to use'bypass sucrose' technology/ The chocolates and candy could be produced for cows. Please read my article Sugar blocks – a new generation animal lick technology. I would like to get contacts of Mr/ Victor for sharing our experiences.

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Jorge Villegas Jorge Villegas
Dairy producer
August 24, 2012

Hello. We have a milk farm in colombia and are starting to feed our cows with fruit residue that we get from a local fruit plant. These fruit residues come from pineapple, banana, strawberry, melon and blackberries amongst others. Does your research on sugar include sugar from fruits? Or does it only apply to sugar syrup? Can we expect similar results using fruit? Thank you.

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Dr.P.George Kunju John Dr.P.George Kunju John
Feed Consultant
August 25, 2012
Dear Mr. Jorge ( George ?)
Good question. As you know the fruit juices sugar is fructose whihc needs conesrion to glucoe in the liver of cow for its utiliastion. A proper feed technology could help to increase its utiliastion in dairy cows. If you need more informtation on the technology you may write to me
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Jorge Villegas Jorge Villegas
Dairy producer
August 25, 2012
Hello. Thanks a lot for the quick answer. Can you please suggest a diet using fruit residue in a TMR (total mix ration) so we can take our production to 15 liters per cow? Thanks a lot.
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Dr Usman Dr Usman
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
September 1, 2012

sugar is resultable item in dairy feed for production and health of animal, farmers use to mix sugar in the form of molasses usually, some are using bread and other bakery items i m agree about usage of sugar and have felt its positive results.

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September 4, 2012

I tend to agree with the authour. A few months back, I met one of my friends in Sargodha area who practically observed and claimed that feeding dairy animals with left over syrup while making Gur increased the milk fat of cows from 3.5 to 5% while increasing the milk yield by at least 10 %.

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Dr.P.George Kunju John Dr.P.George Kunju John
Feed Consultant
September 4, 2012
Dear All,
I am pleased to read the positive response from the readers. But unless we develop a commercial approach to the technology the beneficial effects could not be transformed to the farmers. There are no takers for commercial application. Molasses meal in dry form, jaggary waste to be compunded with feeds etc has great potential in the field. Hope some commercial companies will come forward for the above products . Any one interested in technology transfer and concultation please contact me
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