WATCH: Fibre sources


David Magee M.Agri.Sc, Ruminant Nutritionist at Kiernan Milling, provides information about beet pulp and soya hulls, the two most common fibre sources used in ruminant diets.

Beet pulp:

  • By-product of sugar beet

  • High in energy due to its sugar element;

  • Low in protein;

  • Needs to be balanced correctly for Phosphorus.

Soya hulls:

  • By-product of soya beans;

  • High in protein;

  • Lower in energy.

“It is very important that we have some proportion of these two fibre sources in diets to help minimise digestive disorders such as acidosis, and to help prevent butterfat drop in spring grass.” Magee explained.

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