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Preparation of urea molasses blocks (UMB)


UMB are a high protein concentrated feed source that supplies Non-Protein Nitrogen (NPN) to rumen microbes. The blocks also contain important minerals and vitamins. UMB are a good way of providing readily degradable protein and fermentable energy to ruminant animals, and help increase the protein supply to ruminants in situations where this may be limited. Molasses is a source of energy and widely available in concentrated form. Both urea and molasses are industrial or agricultural by-products. This technology describes methods for making UMB that can be carried out on a small scale, either by individual farmers or by smallscale rural industries.

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