The use of molasses in the process of making granulated compound feed
Probably, one of the most valuable by-products in the production of sugar from beets, which have an important economic application, is black molasses or molasses.
Since it has an unpleasant smell and a bitter taste, it is not directly used in the human diet. Most often, it is added when feeding ruminants, horses, pigs. Due to its palatability, roughage is better fed. The high content of residual carbohydrates contributes to the digestibility of feed, which is especially important during the stable period of their maintenance.
Molasses is widely used in the production of compound feed not only as a product valuable for its composition, but also due to its adhesive properties. When making compound feed, the ingredients are ground to a homogeneous crumbly state, which must then be “tied” into granules of a certain size. It is the sticky properties of molasses that make it an indispensable component in this process. In this way, the “dustiness” of granulated compound feed is reduced.