Weighing the Cost of Molasses Tubs

We are beginning to see a trend of extremes – tubs on the market seem to cater to either low-cost molasses tubs for feeding ruminants, or high-quality tubs selling at higher unit costs.  The middle-priced molasses tubs, of lower quality seem to be disappearing.

This seems to be due, in part, to increases in raw material pricing, supply chain bottlenecks, inflation and other changes resulting from the current state of the economy.

On one hand we have low-priced molasses-based tubs are those manufactured using a chemical reaction process, higher moisture, non-protein (urea) ingredients and oxides and carbonates as mineral sources.  On the other hand, the higher quality tubs are manufactured using prebiotics, probiotics, chelates, high-quality protein feed ingredients and lower in moisture.  

What choice is left for buyers seeking middle of the road tubs?

As consumers are forced to make a change, many move to the tubs selling at a lower unit price under the disguise of reducing their overall costs during these uncertain times.   On the surface, these tubs appear to be cost-saving, but buyers are quickly disillusioned with the results. 

Despite the lower upfront costs, as a long-term investment these tubs fall short.  These tubs need to be replaced more frequently due to higher consumption rates.  Animals work harder to get their required nutrients, and the cost-per-animal works out to a lot more.

While the higher-priced tubs often offer a higher-quality option, it is important to remember that isn’t determined by the price tag alone.  Before choosing a tub, it is important for producers to consider ingredients, cooking methods and water weight when seeking a good quality tub.  The upfront cost is only one aspect of the investment.  A lower daily animal cost is going to provide better returns in the end.

One of the best ways to ensure you are feeding quality tubs is to read the label and ensure the tub will meet your nutritional goals with quality ingredients, cooked using a method that will prevent nutrient degradation and ensure minimal non-nutritional content, such as water.  In these changing times, it’s important to ensure you are maximizing the value you can get from your tubs, increasing profits in the long run.

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