Dried distillers grains as a carrier for supplementation provides significant benefits to the Rancher, the Feeder, the Consumer and the Land itself.
Although used in feedlot and dairy settings, until SweetPro’s patented non-molasses DDG block became available for rangeland applications, the benefits of feeding Distillers Grains were unavailable to these non-bunk fed livestock.
Historically many small farmers steeped grains before feeding to their animals. While this practice faded due to various influences such as economies of scale, elements relating to this fermentation have been refined by SweetPro Feeds.
SweetPro has overcome the historic mechanical limitations and taken the science to new levels with stabilization for open range feeding, organic complexed trace minerals, multiple classes of viable digestive enzymes and prebiotics to deliver maximum performance potential. Supported forage feed efficiency can be improved by up to 25% on cool season grasses according to university studies.
Additionally, a proprietary blend additive, “ProBiotein®” is included to assure that the most complementary amino acid profile is available.
SweetPro complements a forage based diet by NOT using starch or sugar (which can create a rumen Negative Associative Effect) as the main ingredient.
SweetPro blocks also produce a unique dynamic which both influences the total protein and the type of protein available to the animal. Total protein is improved, not just from the protein in the supplement, but also from the rumen microbes (single cell protein).
SweetPro blocks contain multiple classes of dietary/insoluble fibers, “prebiotics” (AXOS, XOS, MOS, FOS, GOS plus BetaGlucan) to feed the fiber digesting rumen microbial populations and keep the rodust. The better the microbials perform, the more single-cell protein is available to the animal when the microbe’s short life-cycle ends.
The other protein dynamic in SweetPro is high bypass protein. This is protein not used in the rumen but available directly by the animal. This is most important during the two key times when the cow’s protein demands are greatest, late stage pregnancy and peak milking demand.
When these protein and fiber oriented energy benefits are combined with SweetPro’s strong vitamin and mineral package, ranchers have a solid tool to help reclaim the losses they’d otherwise absorb when forage is poor. Even poor quality forages can be fully utilized with pastures stretched or more animals run on the same ground.
SweetPro benefits the Rancher by supporting improved feed efficiency, herd health and fertility. Heavier “growthy” calves can be expected at weaning along with labor and fuel savings (blocks are only placed out every 10 days). It also benefits the producer by providing new options for grass finishing and putting more “Pounds on Pasture” per day than older means of vitamin and mineral supplementation.
SweetPro products also help the Feeder by allowing them to bring in healthier and heavier calves. With improved feed efficiency, 400 to 800 pounds less corn is needed in the finishing process.
The Consumer benefits through meat that has better supported mineral deposition and taste.
The Land itself also gains advantages. With better supported feed efficiency, stress on pastures is reduced while more efficient digestion allows for an even spread of softer stools that are much easier for dung beetles to work into the soils. Soil fertility can be increased markedly over only a few years time.
SweetPro Feeds’ combination of a cost efficient vitamin and mineral delivery system along with supported improvement in forage feed efficiency has impacted ranching, feeding and the nation positively.
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