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Molasses Can Provide Benefits to Transition Cows

Article featured in the March 2021 HOARD's DAIRYMAN

The benefits of feeding sugar, often by means of molasses, to dairy cows have been well-researched. From a physiological standpoint, sugar supplementation improves microbial efficiency and supports fiber-digesting bacteria, ultimately promoting the opportunity for greater feed intake. Sugar supplementation also enhances butyrate production in the rumen and elevates mean ruminal pH.

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