PRODUCT AVAILABLE : 2013
The Vivergo Moist Feed will be marketed by KW. To speak to your local KW sales specialist about this exciting new feed call : 0845 355 9935
This moist feed will be competitively priced against other moist feeds, with the price adjusted regularly to reflect changes in supply and demand.
KW will supply Vivergo Moist Feeds direct to farm, and will offer the following options:
- Bulk deliveries for on-farm feeding
- Spot deliveries / forward contracts
Technical Specification on a dry matter basis
|Energy (MJ ME/kg DM)||14.0|
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Vivergo Moist is a consistent, high quality, 34% (DM) crude protein (CP) moist feed. A distillery co-product of UK bioethanol (biofuel) production it is produced at Vivergo Fuels in Hull from guaranteed non-GM wheat and is suitable for feeding to dairy cows, beef, youngstock, ewes, and lambs.
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- Features &
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|Lower protein costs||The high quality protein in the Vivergo Moist feed is competitive to traditional moist protein feeds such as brewers’ grains||Reduced feed cost|
|Feeding flexibility||Vivergo Moist feed can be fed to all ruminant livestock||Reduces number of feeds required|
|Increase intake||Like all moist feeds Vivergo Moist feed complements dry feeds coupled with a high proportion of digestible fibre it allows energy intakes to be maximised without increasing the risk of acidosis associated with cereal feeding||Lifts intakes of all nutrients|
|Improve rumen efficiency||The high proportion of yeast in distillery products, like Vivergo Moist feed, has been shown to stimulate rumen activity, increase fibre digestion and microbial protein production||Improves performance|
|Consistent high quality nutrition||A readily available and reliable British feed source, delivering consistent high quality moist feed for all year round feeding||Better feeding consistency|
|Minimise risk of acidosis||Acidosis more frequently linked to excessive feeding of starchy concentrates. The energy in Vivergo Moist feed is predominantly digestible fibre and oil||Potential improved rumen function|
|Easy traceability||Vivergo Moist feed is produced in the UK and from UK wheat resulting in a shorter and more local supply chain||Peace of mind|
|Non-GM feeds||Vivergo Moist feed is made from non-GM UK wheat||Produce livestock products for non-GM fed markets|
Feeds Vivergo Moist can replace
- Rapeseed meal - Plus provides extra energy compared to rapeseed meal
- Imported distillers' feeds - Is more consistent than US maize distillers'
- Brewers' grains - That are in diminishing supply
- Forage - Proviso that total ration structure is maintained
Capitalising on Vivergo Moist feed will usually increase the amount of low protein energy feeds and forages to balance the protein. Visit the livestock specific pages for details on how this varies for dairy, beef, sheep or young-stock.
|Dairy||Milking cows||up to 10kg/cow/day|
|Dry cows||up to 4kg/cow/day|
|Beef||Grower & finisher||up to 40% of total dry matter intake|
|Stores||up to 40% of total dry matter intake|
|Suckler cow||up to 10kg/cow/day|
|Youngstock||Heifer||up to 7.5kg/head/day|
|Calf||up to 1.5kg/head/day|
|Sheep||Pregnant ewes||up to 1.5kg/ewe/day|
|Lactating ewes||up to 3kg/ewe/day|
|Growing lambs||up to 2kg/lamb/day|
|Store lamb finishers||up to 3kg/lamb/day|
Protein Moist offers a versatile feeding solution and can be used in all types of systems.
- Floor or trough feeding
- Top dressed onto forage mix
- Mixed rations (mixer wagon or forage box):
- Full TMR (total mixed rations) and partial TMR
- Buffer feeding
- Provides a good balance to high-starch feeds - Cereals, maize meals, confectionary and bakery products
- Complements low-protein forages - Maize & whole crop silages
- Supplements low-protein feeds - Cereals, Sugar Beet Feed
- Rumen-bypass proteins - Soypass, Prototec.
Storage & handling
As with all moist feeds, Vivergo Moist feed should be stored on a clean surface, air excluded by compressing preferably with a loading shovel, and covered with a sheet. When feeding out only the face should be exposed.
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Nutritional and Technical Information (fresh basis other than where stated) Back to top
|ME* ? in vivo||MJ/kg DM||14.0|
|ERDP_FIM||% @ 6%||8.70|
|DUP_FIM*||% @ 6%||2.25|
|Saturates||% of oil||19.0|
|Monounsaturates||% of oil||29.0|
|PUFAs||% of oil||62.0|
|Long chain PUFAs||% of oil||0.00|
|Lysine||% of CP||3.01|
|Methionine||% of CP||1.84|
|Cysteine||% of CP||2.01|
|Histidine||% of CP||3.01|
|Threonine||% of CP||3.60|
Vivergo Moist feed Composition Back to top
Vivergo Moist feed is predominantly a mix of the non-starch fraction of wheat post fermentation of starch to produce ethanol, plus approximately 10% dry weight of dead yeast that grew in the fermentor. The analysis of the Vivergo Moist feed can be divided into 5 fractions as represented in the pie chart. Approximately one third of the product is comprised of protein, with a similar proportion being digestible fibre as represented by the neutral detergent fibre fraction (NDF). The remainder is comprised of the oil, mostly from within the original wheat but now concentrated up three fold, similarly the minerals represented by the small proportion of ash and finally the non structural carbohydrates (NSC) which are comprised of yeast carbohydrates, original wheat carbohydrates of mostly simple sugars and pectins, plus traces of starch.
Based on extensive in vivo studies in the 1980’s and 1990’s on wheat distillers products from the whisky industry undertaken at The Rowett Research Institute (RRI) and ADAS (see below), the metabolisable energy (ME) value of the Moist feed, adjusted for analytical differences is ~ 14.0 ME (MJ/kg dry matter). It is recognised that the soluble fraction of Vivergo Moist feed is rich in yeast fragments that are known to stimulate rumen fermentation and leading to higher digestibility and therefore greater energy extraction and hence ME. Many farmers recognise that distillery products ‘feed’ better than their analysis would suggest.
The protein is considered to be one third rumen by-pass. Albeit this is difficult to measure in distillers’ feeds, as the conventional techniques rely on measuring the rate protein is lost from a fine mesh bag and assuming this represents the rumen degradable element. The solubles added back to the ‘fibre’ plus small fibre particles are readily lost from the bag but it is recognised that not all these fractions are highly degradable and probably leave the rumen undegraded only to be digested in the small intestine making a significant contribution to rumen by-pass protein (DUP).
The UK feeding system for ruminants, Feed into Milk (FiM), uses the quantity of acid detergent lignin (ADIN) to estimate the amount of indigestible protein and hence by difference the digestible rumen by-pass protein referred to as DUP. However, it is recognised that for moderately heated proteins such as distillers’ based products this can significantly underestimate the supply of DUP. Hence, adjustments have to be made in the calculation of DUP such as assuming a ~ 85% digestibility for the rumen by-protein as shown in rats fed distillers undegraded protein.
Feeding experiences from a practical and research perspective would suggest that moist wheat distillers, e.g. Vitagold® have a high feed value supporting this assumption.
The NDF element of the Vivergo Moist feed is paralleled by a low lignin (woody fibre) content indicating a highly digestible fibre component. The absence of any meaningful quantities of starch make Vivergo Moist feed an excellent ingredient to reduce the risk of ruminal acidosis.
Despite relatively high NDF content, the effective nature of DDGS fibre for stimulating chewing and rumination is open to question due to small particle size so rations need to be balanced with physical fibre, e.g. chopped forage for improved rumen function. The use of physical fibre in modern dairy rations is now becoming common.
The oil content of distillers, and brewery products, has been associated with lowering the milk fat percentage albeit much practical experience and research does not support this. Milk fat depression is a combination of many factors all of which have to be considered when formulating diets for dairy cattle. Oil in distillers’ products is predominantly unsaturated fat in the same way as that found in grass, grass and maize silages, etc. This type of fat if fed to excess can affect the rumen microbes and products produced from the oil by the rumen microbes can reduce milk fat synthesis in the udder. The context of this is discussed in the dairy feeding section. Similarly any concern with regard to any affect on carcass quality is discussed in the beef and lamb section.
Vivergo Moist feed is rich in phosphorus, approximately 1% of dry matter that is vital to the rumen microbes and animals for key functions, e.g. energy metabolism and bone formation.