National feed manufacturer and distributor ForFarmers has agreed a new contract with a caustic wheat maker in the south of England. This means the company can now supply the feed ingredient across Great Britain.

The new partnership is with Kingston Farms, based in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Together with existing caustic wheat provision already available from sites at Beith in North Ayrshire and Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire, ForFarmers can now supply caustic wheat to customers across the whole of England, Scotland and Wales.

Delivery of the first loads of caustic wheat from the new site for customers in the South of England and South Wales stated last week.

“Cattle fed high volumes of rolled cereals and acidic silages often experience impaired rumen function due to increased levels of acidity in the rumen,” explains ForFarmers product manager Bruce Forshaw. “Feeding wheat treated with caustic soda enables farmers to deliver alkaline sodium hydroxide into the rumen which acts as a buffer to improve rumen performance and feed utilisation.

“As well as helping to reduce acid loading in the rumen, caustic wheat can also provide a source of rumen friendly fermentable energy to help support increased milk yields and a useful source of bypass starch.”