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    12-27-2010, 01:15 PM
  #11
Trained
I was fairly certian beet pulp is a fiborous by product of the sugar beet industry. It's not a "grain" in the traditional sense (i.e. A seed head).
     
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    12-27-2010, 02:06 PM
  #12
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Beet pulp is NOT a grain. It is indeed te biproduct of the dust beet industry. Most of the sugar is gone from it, it's a forage product.
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    12-27-2010, 02:44 PM
  #13
Weanling
MNTigerstripes: Thank you - I was reading this thread and seeing that Beau Baby seems to be intent on labeling any sort of "other than hay" feeding as grain. I'm glad you cleared that up, otherwise I was going to ask "What part of a beet is grain?" hehe :)
     
    12-27-2010, 03:48 PM
  #14
Trained
It drives me nuts how everything but hay is labelled as grain often here! Where I live grain is grain - corn, oats, barley etc. Anything else is just feed!

I don't feed grain. I actually don't feed much at all lol but I love speedi beet.
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    12-27-2010, 04:49 PM
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Looking at this again, can't figure out how the word dust got in there. Danged auto correct on iPhone.
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    12-27-2010, 04:52 PM
  #16
Trained
Yeah up here it seems that anything not hay is considered grain by most people.

In reality there's a big difference between oats/corn/barley and beet pulp/rice bran/alfalfa pellets in terms of digestibility/nutritional value.
     
    12-27-2010, 05:01 PM
  #17
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Old hbits die hard LOL

For years we have fed grains to our horses so we didn't feed them we grained them now that we are moving away from the higher NSC of grain based feeds it is hard to break that habit.
     
    12-27-2010, 08:26 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
It drives me nuts how everything but hay is labelled as grain often here! Where I live grain is grain - corn, oats, barley etc. Anything else is just feed!

I don't feed grain. I actually don't feed much at all lol but I love speedi beet.
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I am amazed and suprised how many people are nit picking over what is considered grain and what isn't rather than answering my question.

As Wild_Spot stated, I viewed things such as corn, oats, barley (sweet feeds), as grains and anything else as feed. Thank you both WS and MN for helping to clarify things.

Guess I will do more research elsewhere.
     
    12-27-2010, 09:30 PM
  #19
Trained
Sorry I can't be more helpful PD. I'm feeding a ration balancer and another pre-mix right now. If possible it might be a good idea to get ahold of an actual equine nutritionist and see what they can tell you. Or check out the NRC book for horses. Another good idea would be to find out what minerals your state soil is generally lacking in, that'll give you an idea of what you may be missing in your hay. It really depends on what your hay has in it and what your feed already has in it. You could be just fine, but you might be missing something.
     
    12-29-2010, 12:35 PM
  #20
Weanling
Haha - I get your point! I just thought it was kind of funny because I was reading and kept going "Wait - it is a concentrate feed, but NOT grain?!?!" and I was delighted to see other people were thinking along those lines!

Another book that is very technical, but also could be very helpful to someone wanting to take the time to read it is "Equine Nutrition and Feeding" - it is actually the text book that Michigan State University Equine Nutrition students use, from what I understand! I think I will be ordering this!
     

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