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Effect of molassed sugar beet feed either ensiled or fed separately with big bale grass silage on silage quality and performance of male castrate sheep

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2017

Y Rouzbehan
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
H Galbraith
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
J H Topps
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
J R Weddell
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
D R Fenlon
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
J G Perrott
Affiliation:
Trident Feeds, British Sugar Pic, PO Box 11, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9QX
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There is an increasing interest in the production of grass silage in big bales. As with the making of silage in clamps, there is scope for considerable loss of effluent which results in a reduction in nutritive value of silage in addition to possible effects on environmental pollution.

Molassed sugar beet feed (MSBF) has been used as an absorbent in the production of clamp silage. Additional benefits may accrue from an improved silage fermentation as a consequence of the presence of readily fermentable carbohydrate in molasses contained in MSBF. In turn, an improvement in fermentation may lead to better intake and utilization of the silage by ruminant animals.

This project was carried out to assess the effect of inclusion of MSBF, at two different levels, with grass at ensiling on the nutritive value of big-bale silage and on animal performance. The results on animal performance were compared with those obtained from offering a similar amount of MSBF pellets as a supplement to silage given alone.

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Sheep Production
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Copyright © The British Society of Animal Production 1991

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