Draff

Draff is a highly palatable and succulent moist feed that provides a rich source of digestible fibre and protein.

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IntakeMilk Yield

Typical analysis (on a dry matter basis)

Dry Matter (%) [i]18.0-24.0
Crude Protein (%) [i]22.0-24.0
Energy (MJ ME/kg DM) [i]11.0-11.7
Oil (%)9.0
NDF (%) [i]62.0
Starch (%)1.7
Sugar (%)2.0
DUP (%) [i]6.7
Total Fermentable Carbohydrates (%)
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What are you trying to achieve?

Need

Feature

Benefit

Drive intake

Highly palatable moist feed.

Draff is often associated with higher intakes, resulting in increased milk and meat production.

Improve rumen efficiency

Draff contain high levels of yeast fragments.

Stimulates rumen activity, promoting fibre digestion and overall feed efficiency.

Minimise risk of acidosis

High digestible fibre and low starch content.

Allows high levels to be fed safely, especially when used as a forage extender.

Traceability

Produced in the UK

A short and local supply chain creates peace of mind.

Flexibility in feeding

Can be ensiled or fed alone or with other feeds such as Sugar Beet feed to produce Grainbeet.

Can be used tactically as a forage or concentrate replacer.

The predicted responses (benefits) assume that the specified nutrient, physical or structural dietary components are limiting livestock performance in the current ration.

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Recommended daily feed rates (per head basis)

Draff can be fed as a concentrate feed, part of a TMR and as a forage replacer.

Milking Cows

Up to 20 (typically 8)kg

Dry Cows

Up to 4 kg

Replacement Heifers

Up to 10 kg and up to 30% of the DMI

Calves (to 12 weeks)

Up to 5 kg and up to 25% of the DMI

Growing Cattle

Can be fed ad lib and typically up to 50% of the DMI

Finishing Cattle

Can be fed ad lib and typically up to 50% of the DMI

Suckler Cows

Up to 15 (typically 6)kg

Ewes and Rams

Up to 3 (typically 2)kg

Hoggets and Lambs

Can be fed ad lib and typically up to 50% of the DMI

DMI = dry matter intake

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Availability, handling and storage

Draff is available primarily in Scotland and Northern England as bulk tipped loads. It is advisable to contract supplies early as demand occasionally outstrips supply, particularly around the turn of the year, in early spring and also at times of forage shortage.

Draff should always be stored on a clean and dry concrete base. Even if feeding fresh, it is advisable to exclude air from the load by consolidating and sheeting. For long-term storage, Draff should be clamped, the air excluded, consolidated and covered with a secured sheet in the same manner as grass silage.

Storage Tips

  • Store on a clean dry concrete base.
  • Storage sites should ideally be situated away from open watercourses, narrow and designed in a way that the feed face is north facing.
  • Draff will be hot on arrival. It is best left for 24 hours before sheeting to let heat escape.
  • Depending on the dry matter content of the Draff, the load may need to be compacted using a tractor bucket or hand shovel, to remove air and maintain close contact between the top of the load and the sheet.
  • Cover with high quality plastic sheet and evenly weight with Secure Covers and gravel bags or straw bales.
  • Ensure the product is completely covered with the sheet, even at the edges, to create an air tight seal.
  • When feeding starts, it’s best to expose 3 or 4 days worth of feed at a time. Placing a line of weights on the sheet, as far back as your intend to expose the feed, reduces the risk or air entering the clamp and aids keeping quality.
  • Ensure the open face of the silo is kept neat and tidy, and should never be covered, unless the feed is to be ensiled for feeding at a later stage.
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Additional information

Method of production

The first stage in the production of malt whisky involves the steeping of malted barley in hot water to extract soluble sugars. The liquid ‘wort’ is drained off to be fermented and distilled. The residue which remains is Distillers’ Malt Draff. Nutritionally, Draff is rich in digestible fibre and also contains concentrated protein and oil from the malted barley. It is moist, pale to mid brown in colour and palatable to all types of ruminant stock.

Quality Assurance

Draff is FEMAS-assured, fully traceable, product and marketed by KW Alternative Feeds a UFAS-accredited merchant. Draff is listed under number 1.12.13 in the EU Catalogue of Feed Materials.

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Detailed typical analysis (fresh basis other than where stated)

Dry matter

%

24.0

Calcium

g/kg

0.84

Oil A

%

1.33

Magnesium

g/kg

0.41

Oil B

%

1.50

Phosphorus

g/kg

0.12

Crude protein

%

5.0

Potassium

g/kg

0.13

Fibre

%

4.09

Salt

g/kg

0.88

Ash

%

1.00

Sodium

g/kg

0.06

ME* – in vivo

MJ/kg DM

11-11.7

Copper

mg/kg

1.70

NDF

%

16.8

Manganese

mg/kg

7.90

Starch

%

0.43

Selenium

mg/kg

0.01

Sugar

%

0.53

Zinc

mg/kg

13.0

ERDP-FiM*

% @ 6%

3.00

Saturates

% of oil

20.0

DUP-FiM*

% @ 6%

1.69

Monounsaturates

% of oil

13.0

DUP digestibility

%

71.0

PUFAs

% of oil

67.0

sDM

0.12

Long chain PUFAs

% of oil

0.00

aDM

0.25

Lysine

% of CP

3.85

bDM

0.60

Methionine

% of CP

1.95

cDM

0.06

Cysteine

% of CP

2.05

sN

0.19

Histidine

% of CP

2.05

aN

0.33

Threonine

% of CP

3.80

bN

0.51

cN

0.12

Legal disclaimer

Suggested feeding rates are produced as a guide only and many other factors may have an overriding effect on animal response; no performance guarantee can be given. Rations should be carefully balanced for energy and protein, contain sufficient forage to maintain rumen function and be fortified with an appropriate vitamin and mineral supplement. Animals must have constant access to clean water.

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