Analysis

Dry Matter
%
Crude Protein
%
ME
Mj/Kg DM
Oil
%DM
NDF
%DM
Ash
%DM
Organic Matter
%DM
DOMD
%DM
ADF
%DM
24.4 22.5 11.4 9.3 51.5 5.0 95.0 57.8 2.5

Brewer’s Grain is a by-product of beer brewing consisting of the residue of malt and grain which remains in the mash-kettle after the mashing and lautering process. It consists primarily of grain husks, pericarp and fragments of endosperm. By mass, brewer’s grains consist of about half carbohydrates, and the rest being mostly proteins and lignin. Carbohydrates include traces of starch, cellulose, β-Glucans, and arabinoxylans. Brewer’s grain is considered to be a good source of un-degradable protein and water-soluble vitamins in animalfeed. It is quite palatable and is readily consumed by animals. This, in turn, makes the grain more digestible by livestock.

Feeding Recommendations :
Please seek advice from your nutritionist for feeding rations and how brewer’s grain can be integrated into your feeding program. The wet brewer’s grain is normally fed fresh, but can be ensiled. If ensiled the quality of the resultant silage can be improved by adding a readily fermentable carbohydrate source (molasses, cereal grain, etc.) that will accelerate the fermentation rate, which results in more acids being produced and a more stable silage. If fed as wet brewers grain care needs to be taken to assure that it does not deteriorate prior to being fed. Since the wet brewer’s grain is an excellent media for microbial growth and has been shown to support the growth of yeast and mold, it is best to feed the material as soon as possible after receiving it.

Storage :
It is best to not store the material much longer than a week to 10 days prior to feeding it; this is especially true in hot or warm areas. Research’s found that wet brewer’s grain could be stored for 10 days in Spring, 5 days in Summer and 30 days in Winter. If storing for longer periods of time the material should be ensiled. Under hot and humid conditions it might not be possible to store the material for a week. Storing in a shaded or cool place will length the time that the wet brewer’s grains can be stored. Packing and ensiling characteristics can be improved by blending the wet brewers grains prior to ensiling with other material that are dryer (forage, bran, hulls, etc.).If wet brewer’s grains are ensiled alone then excessive runoff may occur, so it is best to ensile it in asilo with proper drainage. Covering the surface with plastic or some other covering material will minimize surface spoilage and length the time that the material can be stored. Feed consumption will be reduced if spoiled brewer’s grain is fed. Feed mixtures containing brewer’s grain will spoil quite rapidly, so any excess feed that animals have not consumed should be removed and discarded. The palatability of wet brewer’s grainwill decline with increasing storage time.

* Nutritional values are a guide and average values only. Values will vary dependent on genetics, environment, management systems, storage and climatic conditions.