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        08-31-2012, 12:31 PM

    Today I opened a bag of feed and it's different. Usually it's just the smaller pellets (in the pic) but half the bag is filled with the huge ones. Never been there before.

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        08-31-2012, 12:35 PM
    That's odd, and any time there is something odd, I worry that maybe it was mixed wrong. Maybe it wasn't tumbled or broken up like normal? I would call the company that makes it, send them the pic, and ask them if they think it's okay to feed.
        08-31-2012, 12:37 PM
    Looks like they just cut the pellets at a different size. Never hurts to call and see if you can exchange the bag
        08-31-2012, 12:54 PM
    They are longer but also are they weren't tumbled, as Sharpie said. Def call them and regardless of what they say, IMO, don't feed it.

    The feed place should have quality control personnel on the "line" looking for not only stuff like this, but more importantly, looking for beetles and metal parts (really dangerous stuff)... and those people should have caught this discrepancy.

    This says to me that either they don't have QC people--yikes, or QC isn't doing the proper job--yikes x2. Either way, no good. Let us know what they say and what kind of feed it is if you feel comfortable doing so!

    Good luck! B2H
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        08-31-2012, 01:59 PM
    Hubby is s QC.......not for feed, tho. What it comes down to is somewhere in production something is not right and needs to be brought to the manufacturer 's attention.
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        08-31-2012, 02:17 PM
    When that happens to me, I just take the bag back to the feed store and they exchange it for another one. I generally crack open a corner before I leave to make sure it's ok. It happens, they don't get one load completely emptied before running the next formula through. Sometimes it doesn't matter, for instance if the only difference is size, but if that's cow feed vs horse feed there can be problems because of the ingredients.
        08-31-2012, 02:19 PM
    Dreamcatcher is right - in fact, if this is partly cow feed, there can be antibiotic in there which is truly deadly poisonous for horses. Don't feed it until you figure out whether it's tainted with cow feed or just a mechanical problem with the pellet size.
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        08-31-2012, 02:46 PM
    Take it back to where you bought it from and exchange the bag. Let them call the manufacturer since they are buying from them.........
        08-31-2012, 02:50 PM
    Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
    Dreamcatcher is right - in fact, if this is partly cow feed, there can be antibiotic in there which is truly deadly poisonous for horses. Don't feed it until you figure out whether it's tainted with cow feed or just a mechanical problem with the pellet size.

    I do believe you are refering to Rumensin or Bovatec used in milking cow feeds. You would need large amounts of either drug to effect your horse. Im not saying to give your horse the feed in question, but if you did, there shouldnt be reason to hit the panic button if either drug is in the feed.
        08-31-2012, 09:24 PM
    Wetrain17, according to my vet, it is deadly in small amounts to horses. I don't know if your 'large amount' is the same as my vet's 'small amount', but it's something horse owners should be aware of. The reason I bring this up is that just a couple of weeks ago we were talking about the cattle feed (without Rumensin) that I feed my older horses who need a complete feed due to no teeth; the vet said that regardless of how well they do on it (over 4 years now and are in awesome shape) he can't recommend it because of the possibility, however slight, that if I got hold of the first bag of antibiotic free feed pushed out after the antibiotic runs, it could kill my horse before we realized what was going on. Since my old horse is 33 and retired, I'll take that chance....but I don't feed it routinely to my other 'using' horses.

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