Expiration date for grain ??

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    08-23-2011, 10:35 PM
Expiration date for grain ??

I threw the bag out several weeks ago but.... does anyone know if grain generally has some type of "expiration date" for freshness? I'm curious mostly. I keep it in a tightly locking plastic bin in my garage and it seems to smell okay. Has anyone ever noticed anything listed on the bag? I use the Buckeye brand "Equ 8" (equate). Thanks for the info!
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    08-24-2011, 04:28 AM
Yes, as with other food(apart from honey, apparently), it will go off. It also depends on what's in it - eg. Is it straight grain, processed, mixed with other stuff, got oil in it...?
    08-24-2011, 08:26 AM
    08-24-2011, 09:09 AM
Good question! I can never find an expiration date on my bags of feed. I never know how long they have actually stayed in a warehouse before I get them. Some have a manufacturers date on them, but that does not help if you don't know the expiration date.

I also wish they were better about expiration dates on general stuff, like wound care or hoof care items. Obviously, if I am not sure if they are still good, I don't use them, but it would be nice to know for sure. Especially, if they have an even shorter shelf life then I assume.
    08-24-2011, 12:36 PM
Grain persay, does not have a shelf life - even for human food. If the grain is stored properly, it may sit many years before used or sold by the farmer. Some farmers will have grain sitting for 3 years waiting for the price to get to the point they want to sell. Can the grain go bad in this period - sure! Can the grain be stored in good condition - sure!

A milled feed will generally have a date of milling printed on the bag. You do not want to buy a bag that was milled 6 months ago. When some of the TSC stores here first started selling Purina, we saw some bags that were 6-8 months old the first week the store carried the product - that was stupid.

The fat, molassas, oils are what can spoil.
    08-24-2011, 02:02 PM
Let's start by saying that I work in a grain store.

Sometimes we have bags that stay in the warehouse for months. If they are still good then we sell them, however, we do sometimes need to get rid of bags. All grain can be damaged by grain mites, which are so small that they look like a dusty yellow powder until closer inspection shows that they are actually moving...yuck! We keep large fans blowing all through the warmer months to keep good airflow and avoid the mites. Sweet feeds spoil faster than pelleted feeds. If you can see an oily residue beginning to seep through the bag, then it is definitely bad. It also depends on how the grain is stored. If it is off the ground and in a dry, well-ventilated area, then it can keep for many months, if not, then it can spoil in even a couple weeks or sooner. I know that I had a bag of sweet feed that I had to buy when I got a new horse (to transition him over to his new feed). I wanted to donate it, but because the extra just ended up sitting in the bag on my tack room floor for a month, I ended up just having to throw it out. Now if it had been stored properly, it would likely have still been good.

So I guess it depends really. I hope this helped you out a bit though.
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    08-24-2011, 02:20 PM
And storing bags on concrete will wick moisture and it will mold quickly
    08-27-2011, 06:15 PM
I just purchased some Triple Crown feed and I'm looking for the "milling date" on the bag. Any ideas on where to find it? Or do they use a special code to indicate milling date? Thanks for help!
    08-29-2011, 09:32 AM
Purina's lot numbers and dates are printed on the "flaps" that cover the ends of the bags.
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