GrainCorp Liquid Feeds have a number of storage tanks on-site at authorised resellers of Molafos across the eastern seaboard, South Australia and Tasmania. Please visit the store locator for your nearest location.
Most commonly resellers either provide or refill 1,000L IBCs. These can be conveniently loaded onto the back of a ute or trailer and delivered to the troughs on-farm.
Bulk loads can be delivered directly to liquid supplement tanks on farm (approximately 12mt, 25mt or 38mt). Producers can choose to have a direct account with GrainCorp Liquid Feeds or purchase through their preferred agent.
We can customise supplement solutions when delivering directly to on-farm storage. The recommended tank configuration on farm is 24m3 flat base molasses tank or 35m3 cone based poly silo.
Feeding in open tubs is generally the most common and effective way of feeding small and large mobs of cattle. Poly troughs are cost effective and easily manoeuvrable when empty. As Molafos’ ingredients are held in solution or a stable suspension, the product is virtually weatherproof.
If water does get into the trough it will sit on top and remain uncontaminated by ingredients such as urea and vitamins, unlike many loose lick alternatives. Poly troughs are available from a number of distributors and rural retail stores.
When starting up on feeding Molafos in open troughs, allow free access and place near watering points or cattle resting points. This ensures that all the cattle find the troughs in the paddock. Feed out three days of supply and do not refill until day four. Once intake has stabilised, feed out seven days of supply and do not refill until day eight.
Once established on the product the troughs should be placed in other areas of the paddock to encourage cattle to graze out more and reduce Molafos intake (and not stay around just one area). Do not feed to starving or thirsty stock. Stock may need to be supplemented with salt (especially sheep) for one week to appease any salt craving.
When placing troughs, approximately 45 adult head per 500L trough is ideal. For younger stock such as weaners work on 55 head.
The roller ball and trough is also a popular solution when feeding cattle. The design helps to control intake. This also removes the threat of stock being pushed or falling into troughs. Roller lickers are produced by a number of poly tank and equipment manufacturers.
Covered feeders are dual purpose for feeding dry and wet licks. These are convenient if starting with a dry supplement solution and converting to a liquid solution determined by pasture quality.
There are a number of ways Molafos can be combined with hay or straw, and the best approach will depend on the time available, temperature, machinery and characteristics of the bale. Molafos can be:
Commercially available poly troughs designed for sheep and lambs are also available. Covered lick troughs, or troughs with mouth holes may be useful for keeping wool clean. Fixing weld mesh across open troughs may also limit Molafos on the fleece. Importantly, Molafos is water soluble, so permanent staining of wool does not occur.
Molafos should be stored in a cool dry environment. When storing Molafos in bulk, a tank suitable for molasses storage should be used. The extra strength is required as Molafos is 1.32 times heavier than water.
Store in Plastic/Poly or Steel containers with Brass, Steel or Plastic fittings. Concrete may be okay but will corrode (can be coated to protect against this). Material should be recirculated for 10 minutes before use.