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post #1 of 19 Old 08-04-2010, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Feed Quality

ok so i'm trying a new possibly healthier and cheaper approach to feeding my horses, we've decided to buy horse feed in major bulk. About 1000 pounds or possibly 1 ton a buy. For half a ton it's about 90 some dollars, at 1 ton it's about 198$'s, now that's great especially since we have plenty of places to store it, but my question is it a healthy and well balanced feed?

It's called Big M and it's a complete horse feed.
garaunteed analysis
Protein.......... Not less than 12.00%
Fat............... Not less than 2.00%
Fiber............. Not more than 19.50%

Ingredients
Soya hulls, wheat midds, alfalfa meal, ground yellow corn, molasses, hominy feed, lignin sulfonate, calcium carbonate, salt, monocalcium and dicalcium phosphate, rice hulls, choline chloride, manganous oxide, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, mineral oil, vitamin A acetate, Vitamin E supplement, d-activated animal sterol (source of D3), ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, calcium d-pantothenate, cobalt adione sodium bisulfite complex, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Calcium iodate, Folic acid.

I also believe it would be considered a pellet feed. It's not a sticky type feed so you can tell there isn't as much molasses in it as a normal sweet feed. It seems good to me, but I don't know much about feeds. What do you guys think?


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post #2 of 19 Old 08-04-2010, 04:49 PM
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First off, do you have a cool, dry, dark place to store all that feed? Unless you feed it fast you'll have to worry about it spoiling, especially during the summer months.

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First off, do you have a cool, dry, dark place to store all that feed? Unless you feed it fast you'll have to worry about it spoiling, especially during the summer months.
I don't know about Kitty, but I have five horses - six if you count the baby, and I go through over 1,000 lbs of feed in a month. Buying and storing the feed isn't a problem for me - it's transporting it. Have you ever tried to load 500 lbs of feed in a little bitty Hyundai Elantra? Not a pretty sight!

And yes, that means I have to make two trips of 25 miles one way to get enough feed for the month - though admittedly, I usually go twice a month.

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I don't know about Kitty, but I have five horses - six if you count the baby, and I go through over 1,000 lbs of feed in a month. Buying and storing the feed isn't a problem for me - it's transporting it. Have you ever tried to load 500 lbs of feed in a little bitty Hyundai Elantra? Not a pretty sight!

And yes, that means I have to make two trips of 25 miles one way to get enough feed for the month - though admittedly, I usually go twice a month.

Holy cow that's alot of feed lol.
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We don't feed a lot of blended feed. It's mostly alfalfa pellets and beet pulp. And Paddock (our only blended feed).

I also forgot to mention we are also feeding a few chickens and goats. We go though a LOT of alfafla pellets!

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Soya hulls, wheat midds, alfalfa meal, ground yellow corn, molasses, hominy feed
Out of these first six ingredients, only the Alfalfa Meal has any nutritional value... The first two are fillers, corn is high in starch (which metabolizes into sugar), molasses of course isn't good, and hominy is processed corn. The corn and molasses in it makes it a "sweet feed" even if it's "dry."

I would never feed this to my horses.

If you want to cut back on feeding costs, feed more hay. I feed free choice bermuda grass mix and most of my horses only need a vitamin supplement mixed in with a little chopped alfalfa hay. My "hard workers" get just 1.5 to 3 lbs of Alfalfa pellets plus their vitamin supplement. You can buy vitamins in bulk at a lower cost from Uckele. They will even make you a custom mix based on your hay analysis, or what's common deficeint in your area. Mine only costs about $0.41 a day per-horse to feed, and the nutritional value is a LOT higher than any feed on the market, plus I have them add extra amino acids since we don't have much grazing.

My "hard keeper" is no longer hard to keep weight on since I cut out all grain products and "cr@p" from his diet!
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Also, we have seven horses and I go through about 440 lbs a month of feed, plus my vitamins. Only two of our horses are currently not working. The rest are worked moderately (lesson horses).
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yeah we already bought it and it is now stored in lots of different places lol but it's all cool, dark and dry places, mainly barrels, totes and bins in the barn. It was easy to bring back home because we have a huge Ton truck that we used to carry it with, I guess we'll keep looking for healthy feeds.


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Also, we have seven horses and I go through about 440 lbs a month of feed, plus my vitamins. Only two of our horses are currently not working. The rest are worked moderately (lesson horses).
Lucky duck! We have three notoriously hard keepers. When they didn't get fed for the two weeks we were on vacation (don't get me started on that one) it really put them in the hole. We're feeding all the hay they can eat, but only recently found out that one of them can't properly process alfalfa. The skinnier he got, the more alfalfa pellets we fed him - we nearly killed him before the vet figured out what was wrong.

Once we have their weight back on them, I'm hoping the feed bill will go back down. I'm considering adding some calf manna to their diet. I can't find anyone around here that carries flax seed anymore. I'm really at a loss on that one...

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Dee---just found this online today--Bulk Flaxseed 50 lb. Bags Golden flax seed from Stevens Farm. Scroll towards the bottom--flax seed, 50lbs $85 & ships free. Might be worth checking into.
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