Molatek molasses is the by-product of the sugar-making process in the form of a thick, sweet syrup. Usually this by-product comes from sugar cane or sugar beets and is used in animal feeds at low levels. These levels are about 20-25% of feedlot cattle diets and 15% of feedlot sheep diets. Molatek molasses may also be fed to horses, dairy cows and young animals as a supplement.
Higher levels of molasses may be used in animal feeds, but care should be taken when doing so as livestock may develop nutritional conditions.
There are 3 main nutritional diseases associated with over-feeding molasses, namely molasses toxicity, urea toxicity and bloat/acidosis.