Molasses is highly heterogeneous and its sensorial properties vary, depending on the origin, season and production process (Soulet et al., 2014).
Molasweet is a flavour and palatant combination product that resembles the taste and smell of cane molasses. 40g Molasweet equates to 10kg molasses regarding taste and smell.
Partial replacement of molasses with Molasweet significantly improved feed intake, average daily gain and feed conversion ratio in a sheep feedlot diet (Bravo et al., 2012. Abstract 15th AAAP Congress).
Supplementing 250-300g Molasweet/ton calf feed improved both ADG and FCR (P<0.05) in 2 similar commercial post-weaned dairy calf trials (Pancosma Technical Bulletin 154 / Pancosma trial report).
Molasweet was evaluated at a commercial dairy farm in SA. Supplementing 160g Molasweet on top of a dairy cow ration containing no molasses, increased feed intake (P<0.05) and decreased the variation in feed intake (P<0.05) when compared to periods when no Molasweet was supplemented (Pancosma Technical Bulletin 163).
A commercial farm evaluation in South Korea during the heat stress period compared Molasweet (150g/t) to Na-saccharine (300g/t). Dairy cows preferred the Molasweet supplemented feed (Pancosma News Update, 2008).
From an energy point of view, replacing molasses with maize + Molasweet can be economically viable when molasses is between 15%-20% more expensive than maize.
Molasweet has a physiological effect by increasing the absorption of glucose, sodium and water in the gastro-intestinal tract of ruminants (McMeniman et al., 2006).
Immunoactivation markedly disrupts glucose homeostasis, as it is characterized by an increase in glucose usage to support the immune system (Kvidera et al., 2017).
In lactating dairy cows, LPS activated immune system used approximately 1,092g of glucose in a 720-min period. On a metabolic BW basis, the glucose requirement is approximately 0.66 g/kg of BW75/h (Kvidera et al., 2017).
Molasweet can improve glucose uptake in calves, both pre- and post-weaning, decreasing the negative effects of weaning on gut integrity (Moran et al., 2014).
Feeding of Sucram, (same active ingredient as Molasweet) to ruminants, stimulate GLP-2 secretion from intestinal cells. Calves supplemented with Sucram or GLP2 had reduced diarrhea severity and faecal Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst shedding, as well as reduced plasma serum amyloid A concentration (Connor et al., 2017).