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  • Can beet pulp cause choke
  • How does beet pulp compare in cost to hay

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    11-25-2011, 06:20 PM
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dee
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The flakes are fine after you soak them. The pellets break down into the flakes after they are soaked, so they are basically the same thing.

I used to like the pellets, because in a pinch, we could just feed them dry - but then I discovered that some of my picky eaters would just spit the pellets out - which was a big waist of money. Now we only use the shredded beet pulp (flakes).
     
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    11-25-2011, 08:12 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by mmsmcmillen    
I was advised against beet pulp. My stable owner said she had too many horses choke on it. However I do not have the details about those horses. My horse is very thin and losing teeth. Will he digest beet pulp?
If they are giving shredded beet pulp and the horses inhale their food, that might cause choke. We've fed both shredded and pelleted and haven't had any problems.

If he's hard to keep weight on, beet pulp would be good because it's easily digestible
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    11-25-2011, 08:24 PM
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The shredded beet pulp can cause them to choke if you feed it dry. I always soak my beet pulp with hot water and a little wheat. I started it to put weight on my older mare- and everyone else would say "huh, huh, huh, huh, huh!" When she got it and they didn't. So I give it to everyone now. Even my Percheron filly. It is a nice warm meal when they come in for the night, and its something I'd enjoy if I were them. I would think anyway.

But if your boy is healthy and doesn't need weight or fiber its not necessary. You could make him a hot mash with BP and his grain if you wanted to spoil him.
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    11-26-2011, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
that's the key. If you have a healthy 7 year old, why add the extra layer of work for no appreciable benefit? BP is a very expensive forage extender at over $450/ton right now.
It really isn't that much work to prepare it. Put 1 1/4 scoops in a 5 gallon bucket and fill with hot water. Let it soak for a couple hours or overnight and it's ready when you feed them.

Our horses range from 5 to 16 y.o. They are all healthy and pleasantly plump, ready for a cold winter, even our hard keeper. It's not much different than some that put blankets on even though the horses get a good winter coat.

As for the cost, it is actually cheaper than sweet feed. At least where we are. We get it in 50 lb bags for $8.70 and the sweet feed is $14.70 for an 80 lb bag. Which comes out to $348/ton beet pulp and $367.50/ton sweet feed. With hay being scarce and costing over $200 per round bale in some places, it's not much difference in cost.
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    11-26-2011, 10:22 AM
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As for the cost, it is actually cheaper than sweet feed. At least where we are. We get it in 50 lb bags for $8.70 and the sweet feed is $14.70 for an 80 lb bag. Which comes out to $348/ton beet pulp and $367.50/ton sweet feed. With hay being scarce and costing over $200 per round bale in some places, it's not much difference in cost.
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Nutritionally and calorically, the BP is very similar to hay, if you're replacing or stretching $200/ton hay with $348/ton BP, you're almost doubling your costs (+74%). If you use the same approach with the sweet feed, it going to provide more nutrients (could vary greatly depending upon the mill) and 40-50% more calories than the hay or BP. If you just look at the cost of calories, the amount of calories from one ton of hay will cost you $200 in hay, $348 in BP and $262 in sweet feed.

If you're only feeding a handful of horses, you're not going to see the dramatic savings sticking with just hay. I feed 100+ ton a year. If I feed straight hay at $200/ton, that $20,000 a year, if I substitute 25% of that hay with BP, my costs jump to $23,700.
     
    11-26-2011, 10:39 AM
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I use beet pulp because it does help with a lot of things - weight gain first and foremost. While hay may be cheaper in the long run, getting quality hay around here can be a problem. We had no issues with weight loss when we fed our own home grown hay - chiefly because we would set a round bale out and let the horses have all they wanted, whenever they wanted. We never let the run out.

Our hay fields would normally produce more than enough on our share to get us through the winter and a little more. It was good quality, grassy prairie hay. With the drought this summer, we got a whopping TWO BALES!

The hay we can get around here is not the best quality, although our feed dealer did finally find some that we liked. The beet pulp helps to make up for the poorer qualilty hay we had to feed - and allowed the supplement we used to stick to the feed instead of sifting down to the bottom of the feed tub. Fortunately, the horses like the supplement and would lick it up...but they also tend to tip their feed tubs over and eat the feed up from the ground (now why do that do that?).

Yes, beet pulp is more expensive than hay, but it makes me feel a little better knowing I'm doing all I can to help keep my bunch warm and hydrated.
     
    11-26-2011, 10:47 AM
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Foal
I feed it in the winter months when its cold also,I think of it as nice warm bowl of oatmeal Horsey style..
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    11-26-2011, 02:02 PM
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LHP- You must have some big round bales. Around here they weigh 1000 to 1200 lbs each. What I figured comparing to beet pulp was around 2 bales or $400, which would be about the same cost. Granted, we are paying about $160/ton for hay but we are only feeding 7 horses

I will agree with you that it would be a chore to feed a lot of horses as you must have. I assumed everyone was talking about one to a handleful of horses, like the OP said she has A 7 yo horse.
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    11-26-2011, 02:47 PM
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Holy Cow $160.00 a ton for hay... My round bales wt 1000lbs and I pay $35.00 a bale.. So I pay $70.00 a ton.. Sorry I just crapped myself..My husband keeps trying to convince me to move out of Michigan and I wouldnt beable to keep my horses paying that kind of money..
     
    11-26-2011, 06:14 PM
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I was advised against beet pulp. My stable owner said she had too many horses choke on it. However I do not have the details about those horses. My horse is very thin and losing teeth. Will he digest beet pulp?
YES, it is highly digestible.. I fed it to my aged appy for several years. Without it he would never have lasted as long as he did.. I fed it soaked and also dry, depending on his preference. I would soak it well maybe a bit soupy to help prevent choke.. My appy had a couple bouts of choke on it, but they were not severe and this was after several years of use..

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What I have isn't pellets. It is flakes. Does that make a difference?
Pellets have to be soaked and take longer to do so. Flakes swell pretty quickly so soaking takes very little time.. When I fed I got to where I didn't really soak, just got it ready when I went to feed and it would be fine in 10 mins or so.. Flakes also are easy to feed dry if your horse prefers it that way..
     

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