Liquid feed

Their high content in terms of sugar and various nitrogen sources promotes fodder enhancement.

To the extent that AFCA-CIAL also includes liquid feed manufacturers, this name does not include all complementary feeds in liquid form but in the field refers to products previously legally known as "molassed feeds".

Made from sugar cane or sugar beet molasses and other liquid by-products including nitrogen sources, they can also be enriched with minerals and vitamins based on the needs of farmers.

Liquid feed is of interest to correct certain very poor (poor quality straw, hay) or unbalanced (corn silage) feed rations. It helps satisfy needs for nitrogen, minerals and energy of the rumen microbial population and to enable fermentation of cellulose.

Liquid feed is also very widely used in periods of drought or poor harvests when richer fodder is in short supply.

Recommended incorporation is around 5% of the dry matter intake. The distribution can be on a self-service basis (licking wheels for example) or rationed (distribution on fodder or incorporation into a mixing trailer).

Marketed volumes.

  • French production is approximately 110,000 tonnes annually.
  • Liquid feeds essentially supplement rations for ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats) and to a lesser extent pigs.


Created in 1982 to promote interest in using liquid compound feedingstuffs, CIAL (Comité d’Information de l'Aliment Liquide - Liquid feed information committee) merged with AFCA in 1994 and the association now has the name AFCA-CIAL.