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post #1 of 8 Old 04-29-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Calories in Different Feeds

I for one would like to be able to look at a bag of feed and be able to read it like we do our food. I would like to know what a serving size is and how many calories are in it and how much of everything else. Is there anywhere I can find this information.
I feed........
beet pulp
Purina Amplify
Purina Ultium
Cool Calories 100
Good pasture or grass hay

Now I found beet pulp calories per lb and also alfalfa.

Anyway, any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-29-2012, 01:11 PM
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Go to Purina equine feeds click on product to the right is a feeding chart shows what is good for each type of horses needs. Remember each horse is fed as a individual according to their needs.

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If you absolutely cannot find the information by googling, you can do a pretty good calculation on your own simply by knowing the fat concentration of the feed. Fat has 9 calories per gram; protein and carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram. There are 453.6 grams per pound, and from there, you can figure out roughly how many calories per pound.

The one caution there is how to treat fiber content. There are differing opinions on how many calories the body can extract from fiber, so when I'm coming up with rough estimates, I typically just use 2 calories per gram for the fiber content.
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oooooooooooooooo thank you!!!
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You won't find a simple 'serving size' on the bag, because horses come in too many different shapes, sizes & requirements for that, but there should be a chart to give basic ration info. Just remember the amount on the pack/website for that is almost invariably too high... them wanting you to buy more of their feed & all. There is also a book available with precisesly that sort of info, but sorry, can't recall what it is.

As for calories, that info should be available on line too, or you could email & ask, but interestingly I recently read an article about calories of feed and there is a list of feeds that are commonly under- or over-estimated. I don't have it here to check, but I do recall that calorie content of beet pulp was around 20% higher than estimated!!
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-03-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the info. If you can remember the name of that book, please let me know.
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Ok, I am reviving this thread because I still would like to know how many calories are in a lb of Amplify!! I may have to email them!

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E-mailing them is probably going to be the fastest way to get an answer.

Another way would be to get a one month membership to It can calculate the digestible energy (in calories) for your entire feed program, or you can enter one feed at a time and see the calories for only that specific item. They have a very long list of feeds in their database.

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