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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - General

Why use Molafos Pasture Supplement?


Using Molafos will enhance your animal’s utilisation and performance on the feed available on your farm. It can be used on both growing and mature pastures as well as crop stubble and hay.


What are liquid Molafos supplements?


They are molasses-based products with added protein, minerals, vitamins and medications that can be fed to grazing beef and dairy cattle and sheep. Each sector requires different formulations as the needs of the animal are inherently different. These free flowing liquid supplements are superior to straight molasses, and modified to allow the products to be pumped more easily and flow more readily at temperatures as low as – 10 degrees C.

At GLF we have overcome any “settling out” issues by using high sheer mixing and where required, emulsifiers and suspending agents to ensure our mixes do not separate.


Why do we need to supplement poor quality pastures?


Poor quality pastures or a diet with inadequate nutrients may result in, lower reproductive efficiency, poor disease immunity, lower daily live weight gains or in fact live weight losses, reduced quality of meat and wool production and poor feed conversion.


How does Molafos comply with QA requirements?


Molafos is manufactured to the highest quality standards and is produced under strict in process testing in addition to external verification testing. Molafos production plants are Feedsafe Accredited.


How frequent do urea supplements need to be fed?


Feed urea containing supplements at least daily. A constant or continuous intake of urea will improve its utilisation over abrupt or periodic intake.


How many cattle for each trough?


Approximately 45 adult head per 500L trough is ideal. For younger stock such as weaners 55 head. Avoid stocking levels much higher than this as bullying can occur leading to inconsistent intakes.


Why do you recommend a liquid supplement over a dry lick pasture supplements?


In order to efficiently utilize urea, rumen micro-organisms require an energy source, such as starch or sugar. Molafos provides this energy source, not present in dry lick, resulting in far superior utilisation of urea.

Molafos gives superior acceptance by stock, ensuring a greater percentage of the herd eats the supplement.

Molafos is rain safe and may pose a lower risk of urea toxicity when compared to dry licks.

All active nutrients in Molafos are in solution, which eliminates the problem of lick separation and spoilage associated with dry licks.



 

Frequently Asked Questions About Supplement Timing for Pasture Fed Livestock

The timing for supplement feeding is important for farmers who want to maximise the return on their livestock.

Should I use supplement feeding during a drought when I expect the pasture to be depleted prior to the next rain event?


Answer - Yes

Why - By utilising the available forage through effective supplementation, livestock will be in better condition, allowing more flexibility in management decisions.


Should I use supplement feeding in the lead up to the wet season?


Answer - Yes

Why - Livestock body scores and subsequent conception rates will be higher than if no supplemental feeding had occurred.


What happens if I start supplement feeding when pasture quality and quantity is extremely poor?


Answer - Supplement feeding should not be started if available forage yield is below 1500kg/hectare.

Response to supplementation will be reduced if pasture quality is extremely poor, but may still be economic.

Why - Below this level there is insufficient forage to allow livestock to meet minimum Dry Matter Intakes required to maintain live weight.

Once protein and energy levels drop to below maintenance requirements, the level of supplementation required may become non-economic.


When should I normally start supplement feeding?


Answer -Before livestock start to lose weight.

Why - It is much more cost effective to maintain live weight, rather than try to recover lost live weight.