Beef farmers could lower feed costs by maximising the use of home-grown feeds with the addition of a new highly palatable high energy liquid feed.
Lactoboost from Trident Feeds is a sugar-rich, free-flowing whey permeate from the dairy industry. The company claims it stimulates intakes and provides rumen energy to drive rumen microbial protein production and reduces diet sorting.
Trident technical manager Michael Marsden believes the product could be an option for beef farmers who are looking to reduce their feed costs by using home-grown crops, especially forages which are low in sugars.
He adds: “LactoBoost is a great binding liquid and dust suppressant, thereby reducing ration sorting. This leads to a more balanced diet, which can be associated with a reduced risk of acidosis, and any growth checks that could affect finishing.”
Dr Marsden says the liquid feed can be fed as part of a TMR or, as straight liquid, poured on to other feeds.