Maria Villagrasa & Fernando Diaz
One strategy to reduce the likelihood of ruminal acidosis is to replace starch with sugars. Some experiments have suggested that molasses can increase feed intake and milk production, and that replacing starch with sugars in the cow’s diet does not increase the risk of ruminal acidosis.
Molasses has approximately 75% dry matter (DM) of which 80% are sugars. This makes it very palatable and a good source of energy for cattle for cattle. They degrade easily in the rumen, resulting in a typical butyric acid fermentation.