I'll include a link to the 'fact sheet' detailing one of the grains we feed. Essentially it's a soy / beet pulp mix, the old ladies get it because it's easy on their teeth, Jackson gets it a ) because we can't feed them without feeding him and b ) because he can be a tough keeper through the winter.
The old ladies are going to get it with a mix of senior feed.
The directions for use include a ration balancer and I'm going to be 100% honest and say I've NEVER fed a ration balancer. We used the same feed last year without a hitch, our picky eater (who wouldn't touch straight beet pulp or rice bran) loved it, and after losing a dangerous amount of weight gained and maintained well. Without a ration balancer.
BUT, I'd like a little more information and maybe I'm just tired, but I can't find the importance anywhere. I don't know what balancer to buy, what I need, if I need it, if it's "dangerous" to feed grain without it or if it's just an added benefit. I want to get ahead of winter and our harder keepers this year, but I have zero time. Does anyone have any help to offer? Virtual cookies if you do.
(and lets not suggest smartpak because they STILL wont send to Canada)