Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I feed sugar to my dairy cows?

Research shows the most profitable response to feeding sugar is a total diet level of 5-7% of ration Dry Matter.

Does QLF supplement prevent sorting?

QLF can be an essential part to reducing sorting in dairy diets.  QLF supplements stick small diet particles to larger ones.  Less sorting activity means better rumen efficiency and less feed waste.

Is it safe to feed sugar to dairy cows?

A cow’s rumen is designed to utilize sugar.  Until recently, sugar was a large portion of dairy cow rations.  The addition of sugar to modern TMR systems is a safe way to bring rapidly fermentable carbohydrates to the rumen.  Unlike starch, sugar does not lower the rumen pH, and keeps the rumen healthy.

Can I add anything else to QLF products?

QLF suspension technology allows a full complement of protein, additives, minerals and vitamins to be added to QLF liquid feeds.   A full list can be obtained from your local QLF representative.

Can I use QLF liquid supplements for dry cows?

QLF liquid supplements are a great addition for dry cow diets.  With high forage diets becoming the norm for dry cows, QLF supplements help in reducing sorting in these diets.  With QLF suspension technology, customized dry cow supplements can carry needed nutrition (minerals, vitamins and additives) for this group in a uniform package that is evenly distributed in the TMR.

Can I use QLF liquid supplements for heifers?

With QLF suspension technology, a full complement of minerals, vitamins and additives can be supplied to heifers.  Utilizing a liquid will ensure proper distribution and delivery to heifers.  QLF supplements can enhance intake of high forage diets that are typical in heifer groups.

If I live in the northern half of the US, do I need to worry about the QLF supplement freezing in the winter?

QLF products are designed to be fed 365 days a year without worry of freezing.  The unique combination of dry matter (55-65%), and additives allows these products to be outdoors throughout the year.

How is this liquid feed delivered to the dairy cattle?

On most dairies that utilize total mixed rations (TMRs), the QLF supplement can be added directly to the TMR.  Talk to your local QLF representative for proper installation of equipment.


What options do I have with ionophores in liquid supplement?

Virtually any approved feed additive can be simply and accurately delivered to the ration via liquid supplements.

  • Rumensin
  • Bovatec
  • Cattlyst
  • HeifermaX/MGA
  • Tylan
  • Zinpro·180
  • Zinpro Availa·4
  • ClariFly
  • Micro Aid
  • Celmanax· Liquid
Can QLF Feedlot products be fed free choice?

NO. Absolutely not. QLF feedlot products must be mixed in or top dressed on high grain rations for cattle weighing 600 pounds or more.

Will QLF Feedlot products pump in cold weather?

Yes, this is one thing that is unique about QLF products vs. the competition. We use products in Minnesota and North Dakota with minus 30 degrees or more with no pumping problems. However, do use reasonable precautions with set-up design.

Will QLF Starter products pump in cold weather?

Yes, but keep in mind the problem usually occurs in the line to the pump and/or in the pump. The cold air will penetrate the small areas such as the line much more quickly than the large volume of product in the storage tank.

Can QLF products be mixed in a tank with other products?

No. Storage tanks that have been used for competitor’s product should be cleaned before putting in ours. If there is a buildup of sludge in the tank from years past, and we put a good quality feed on top of it, problems could come from feeding the sludge.

What is the shelf life of QLF feedlot products?

We recommend turning inventory every 60 days or less. This is more important during the summer, since the heat inside storage tanks can cause added stress on the gums that suspend the ingredients.

What is the recommended procedure for adding our feedlot products to a TMR?

Load the corn first, then the liquid, and finally the roughage. This allows the liquid to be pre-mixed with the corn, which will in turn more easily mix with the roughage.

Will all the solid ingredients in a product like Beef Starter stay in suspension?

Yes. We do recommend turning inventory in a 60 day period.


How does feeding supplement increase the utilization of my forage?

The first limiting nutrient in most forage diets is protein, in particular ruminally degradable protein (DIP). Once this essential nutrient is supplied to the microbes, via protein supplementation, they are able to grow, multiply, and break down fiber at an increased rate. As their population and activity level grow, they are able to process additional forage, leading to increased intake (often 30-40% with low quality forage, and approximately 10% with moderate quality hays). Additionally, the forage (fiber) they do breakdown is fermented more thoroughly, allowing greater “digestion” and energy yield from each unit of forage consumed.

Do cows need supplemental by-pass protein?

One of the primary goals of cowherd supplementation is to increase utilization of low-cost forages. The boost in intake seen with protein supplementation is due to an increased nitrogen supply to the rumen, making degradable crude protein (DIP) sources more effective than undegraded (“by-pass” or UIP)) protein. This strategy allows the cows to meet their needs from forage and DIP supplementation, and supplies the animals with a very high-quality protein source in the form of bacterial cell proteins.

Should fat be fed to cows?

While high levels of dietary fat can cause problems with palatability, fiber digestion, and scouring, moderate levels (up to 5% of dietary dry matter intake) may offer some specific benefits to beef cows at the critical points in their production cycle.

Why would I use organic trace minerals for beef cows?

The organic forms (e.g., proteinates and chelates) of the essential trace minerals are more available to the animal, and when mineral supply is critical (i.e., late gestation and early lactation of high-producing animals, especially if they are under stress) this improved bioavailability may be worth the extra cost.

Will feeding QLF supplements have a "negative associative" effect on fiber digestion?

“Negative associative effects” most commonly seen with beef cows involve the feeding of moderate levels of grain. The net result of adding this much starch to a high-forage diet is a shift in microbial population, reduced fiber intake, and impaired fiber digestion. But the soluble energy source in our products is sugar, which has been shown to complement fiber digestion – IF adequate degradable protein is provided – rather than act against it.

How much will they eat?

Actual consumption rates will vary depending on forage type, quality, and availability; weather and facility conditions; and, cow condition and management. However, once animals are acclimated to the lick tank, consumption should be reasonably predictable and consistent for a given time of year and stage of production.


Average Reported Consumption Rates Throughout Wisconsin/Minnesota

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
lb/head/day 1.41 2.03 .22 .36 .49 .62 .77 .81 .86 1.07 1.17


Texturized feeds tend to cake or brick in the winter, why?

Texturized feeds tend to brick or cake in the winter.  Switching to a coating with a lower total dry matter content, a higher fat content, or both can alleviate these problems.

Texturized feeds tend to dry out in the summer, why?

With summer’s higher temperatures, drying out can be a problem.  The solution is to do just the opposite of what we did in the winter: increase the dry matter content and decrease the fat.


How many horses will one QLF Ignite Equine Complete tub feed?

Place one – 125# or 200# tub to every 5-7 head of horses and one – 60# tub to every 2 to 4 head of horses.  The amount of surface area to the number of horses is important.

How much of the QLF Ignite Equine Complete tub will my horse eat?

Intake of these supplements will vary, depending on the quality of forages, pasture conditions and/or nutritional need.

Where should I place my QLF Ignite Equine Complete tub?

In areas with extreme heat, place tub in the shade.  Once horses are familiar with the QLF Ignite Equine Complete tub, place tub away from water supply and away from where animals congregate.


Why is Carbon so important for my soil?

Readily available carbon is the most critical nutrient for the growth and health of soil microbe populations, as well as populations of small soil animals, all of which work symbiotically to directly support the health and productivity of the soil.

Why should I feed Sugar Cane Molasses to my soil?
  • High sugar content for more carbon delivery
  • Rich source of plant derived macro and micro nutrients and antioxidants
  • Great carrier for supplemental nutrient fortification packages
  • Physical characteristics that facilitate soil and foliar applications
  • Readily mixes with many tank mixes
    • Natural buffering capacity protects the seed from in-furrow fertilizers
    • Naturally improves adhesion of spray applications to the plant
    • Physically reduces drift in sprayer applications
  • Consumer safe and environmentally friendly
What type of equipment do I need?

Check out this link for the equipment we recommend.  QLF can help you with your storage equipment needs.


How do I get more information on QLF Agronomy products?

Easy! Contact our Agronomy team by email – or call 800.236.2345 and as for the Agronomy department.