Brewers Grains

Brewers grains are a co-product from the production of beer. The intake of malt is allowed to soak in warm water to remove the sugars as “wort” with the fibrous and protein residue being separated off as brewers grains. Though occasionally dried in the past, most brewers grains are moved straight to farm as a pale brown moist feed. Brewers grains can be fed to all livestock in a wide range of feeding situations. Whether used as part of a total mixed ration (TMR), as a sole concentrate feed or even as a forage replacement, care should be taken to ensure sufficient long fibre is fed.
Whether fresh or ensiled, it is essential to exclude all air and water from the silo to successfully store the product. Failure to ensile properly may result in mould growth, loss of dry matter and reduction in nutritive value.

Key Benefits

  • Excellent Source of protein and energy.
  • Valuable source of digestible fibre to improve rumen fermentation.
  • Very palatable and has been shown to enhance dry matter intakes.
  • Ideally suited for milk production helping maintain rumen function.
  • Excellent feed for beef cattle on low forage diets & those requiring intake boost.
  • Easily stored and incorporated into many feeding systems.
  • Excellent buffer feed in cases of grass shortage.

Feeding Rates

Dairy Cows

Up to 20kg/head/day fresh weight

Beef

Up to 20kg/head/day fresh weight

Typical Analysis

  • Dry Matter 23%
  • Crude Protein 27%
  • Oil 7%
  • NDF 62%
  • Starch 5%
  • Sugar 2%
  • ME (MJ/KG DM) 11.7

 

*Dry matter basis except DM

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