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Molasweet palatant boosts lamb growth

Replacing molasses with a mimic palatant in a lamb finisher concentrate increased weight gain by 30%, improved feed conversion by 10% and boosted the financial margin by 24%.

In a farm-scale trial, store lambs started the trial at 45 kg on a diet of ad-lib hay and concentrate. One treatment used concentrate with 100 kg/tonne molasses content, another 40 kg/tonne molasses plus 240 g/tonne of Molasweet palatant. At 60 kg live-weight, finished lambs were drawn off in three lots after 22, 30 and 50 days of the trial.

Feed intakes were 1.85 kg/day on the full molasses inclusion and 2.08 kg/day with palatant. Feed conversion was 5.72 and 5.15 respectively, and weight gain 0.26 and 0.34 kg/day likewise (see Table 1).

The palatant contains high intensity sweetener and flavour in powder form, designed to reproduce the taste and smell of molasses, according to Gavin Raper from the manufacturer, Pancosma. He says its intended use is where molasses is a high cost ingredient and where reducing its inclusion rates can lead to handling or logistical advantages.

The trial took place on the farm of Charles Botha in the Middleburg district of South Africa, to a protocol designed by Rudolf van der Veen from Allied Nutrition Neutraceuticals.

Table 1 - Performance data on lambs from 45kg to 60kg live-weight on a hay plus concentrate finishing diet

 

Control

Treatment

Change

Molasses

100kg/tonne

40kg/tonne

n/a

Molasweet

zero

240g/tonne

n/a

Feed intake (kg/day)

1.85

2.08

+12.4%

Feed conversion (kg feed/kg gain)

5.72

5.15

-10.0%

Weight gain (kg/day)

0.26

0.34

+30.8%

Comparative margin over feed

100%

124%

+24%


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