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Discussion Board - molasses on corn stalks

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gary in neb.

10-19-2012 09:34:44

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anyone ever put molasses on corn stalk bales so cows would eat them better? guy told me that last weekend and thought it was worth a try. trying to get my hay to stretch farther.

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11-17-2012 09:17:50

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 Re: molasses on corn stalks in reply to gary in neb., 10-19-2012 09:34:44  
You can have a try at it. We tried it with some grass bales this summer, and still have a nearly full tote of molasses sitting in the shop. Turns out the cows were hungrier than they thought they were after the first week of rotating corn and grass bales.

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10-21-2012 05:44:17

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 Re: molasses on corn stalks in reply to gary in neb., 10-19-2012 09:34:44  
Yup, it works. I had a silo full of corn silage that I cut too long and it het up and carmelized. Cruddy looking stuff and didn't smell too good either. I'd fork it out and sprinke molasses and salt water over it and the cows would gobble it up. They gained weight nicely over the winter and I learned to check my knife settings!

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10-21-2012 00:45:35

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 Re: molasses on corn stalks in reply to gary in neb., 10-19-2012 09:34:44  
Yes, of course it works! Remember, you're brighter than the animal. You can sucker them into ingesting stuff that's good for them. We fed crappy hay to young stock over 40 years ago by adding molasses. They didn't know it, but they got more carbohydrates in their guts, along with a lot of good tasting energy. Now, commercial products like Crystallix (basically molasses/vitamins/minerals product)cover a lot of sins of nutrition imbalance.

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Tx Jim

10-20-2012 04:40:44

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 Re: molasses on corn stalks in reply to Erik Ks farmer, 10-19-2012 09:34:44  
Down here in Texas last year during the drought I heard of farmers injecting molasses into Wheat bales for more palatability(sp).

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charlie M

10-19-2012 09:59:35

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 Re: molasses on corn stalks in reply to gary in neb., 10-19-2012 09:34:44  
My Dad used to do that for hay that was too course. Cows would only pick out the fine stuff and leave the rest. Sprinkled some molassas over it and nothing was left the next day.

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