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Important Advice When Feeding Animals On Brewery Spent Grains

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  • To prevent mould growth- drain the grains as quickly as possible, pack tightly, and cover well.  Use a piece of black plastic and press it down on the top of the grains and then cover that as well.  The more you compact the brewery spent grains and limit oxygen, the less likely it will mould.
  • Including calcium bentonite adsorbent in the wet brewery spent grains diet (at 2-3%) reduces accumulation of aflatoxin caused by moulding. Aflatoxins are poisonous substances produced by certain kinds of fungi (moulds) that are found naturally all over the world; they can contaminate food crops and pose a serious health threat to humans and livestock. Large doses of aflatoxins lead to acute poisoning (aflatoxicosis) that can be life threatening, usually through damage to the liver.
  • Scoop the top layer off before every feeding and smell the grains below it.  It should smell like cooked cereal grains.
  • A farmer should be extra careful when feeding brewery spent grains from sorghum to cattle. The sorghum contains anti‐nutritional factors like. Feeding too much sorghum brewery spent grains to livestock can be lead to death of animals.
  • Clean water is extremely important for animal health. If the water is dirty, intake will be less than needed. Clean water troughs will also help limit the spread of diseases. Your water mineral balance can negatively affect the absorption of minerals by the animals. Provide mineral supplements.

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