“By partnering with Iain Watt, an established and well-known manufacturer, our farmers in Scotland and northern England can now benefit from a regular supply of quality caustic wheat,” said ForFarmers Product Manager, Lisa Roberts.
“Wheat treated with caustic soda has rumen buffering qualities, with the sodium hydroxide coating acting as an alkali to reduce acid loading from rumen fermentation. As a result, feeding caustic wheat can help reduce the risks associated with feeding high levels of rolled cereals or acidic silages.
“The combination of fermentable and by-pass energy also drives glucose production and rumen microbial protein for increased milk yield and quality or increased live weight gain,” Lisa concluded.
Caustic wheat can be incorporated into the diets of both dairy cows and beef cattle, with a recommended feeding rate of up to 5kg per head, per day. It should be introduced gradually over 7-14 days, ensuring that sufficient long fibre is present in the diet.