Feedlots drive rising molasses demand

Feedlots drive rising molasses demand


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Bundaberg Molasses manager Michael Vogler with another load heading out on Weier Haulage.

Bundaberg Molasses manager Michael Vogler with another load heading out on Weier Haulage.

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THE fired up feedlot sector is ensuring the Oakey-based feed-supplement company Bundaberg Molasses is continuing to work flat out.

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THE fired up feedlot sector is ensuring the Oakey-based feed-supplement company Bundaberg Molasses is continuing to work flat out.

Despite good rain across much of Queensland in recent months, Bundaberg Molasses manager Michael Vogler said the Oakey facility was working around the clock to meet the demand for formulated molasses products.

"There may have been a reduction in molasses use by graziers for some regions, but the feedlots are keeping us extremely busy," Mr Vogler said.

"We're keeping up with the demand but it certainly is a busy time for everyone involved, including the transport companies."

The latest Australian Lot Feeders Association survey of the number of cattle on feed released in December had the industry running at about 84 per cent of capacity, with a record 965,000 cattle on feed.

The numbers were being supported in part by cattle coming

in from the significant areas of Queensland that still remained in the grip of drought.

However, the key driver of the lotfeeding industry was the strong demand in overseas markets, the relatively low Australian dollar and continued record prices for beef in the US.

Mr Vogler said sourcing molasses for many end users had proven a major challenge in 2014, although molasses production in the south Queensland region finished with better than forecasted results for the season.

"We ship molasses from the north Queensland region to secure sufficient supplies for the southern domestic market so we can meet the demands of the south."

Well over half of Bundaberg Molasses' total production goes into the feedlot sector.

Many of the formulations are developed by feedlot nutritionists to meet the specific production requirements and individual needs of each feedlot.

"Almost every feedlot has its own specific, custom-made formulation.

"Our suspension methods ensure that the specific ingredients in the formulation are consumed at the exact levels at which the ration has been designed by the nutritionist. Our processes ensure that whatever is required can be delivered exactly as specified.

"The balance of our production goes to the grazing and backgrounding industry through a range of pasture-specific feed supplements including the flagship Prolix."

Bundaberg Molasses uses a high-temperature mixing process during production to ensure the ingredients are bonded and do not separate, making Prolix one of the only totally rain-safe products on the market.

"We bond specific molecules so crucial ingredients do not separate causing high-concentration pockets, and you have only a balanced, safe and consistent supplement without the associated risks others present."

Mr Vogler said Bundaberg Molasses had not exported molasses for some years, choosing to support and develop the national domestic market.

"We've committed to building our business in Australia and servicing our customers.

"There is more than enough demand from Australian producers for molasses and molasses-based nutritional supplements that we have made a 100pc commitment to this market."

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