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post #1 of 14 Old 09-17-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Weed Free Feed

Is weed free feed a requirement where you ride? It is in most of the areas where I wander in the western US. It's a pain in the tuckus to boot. Unfortunately the fines if you get caught with un-certified feed are even worse.

Here's an article from Western Mule magazine on what to consider when shopping for weed free feed if you need it on your next trip.
Western Mule Magazine September 2013 Weed Free Feed

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-17-2013, 01:16 PM
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I like to stay at camps when I go to the Black Hills. The owners do not require weed free on the premises and they have weed free to sell you, there, in case you are travelling and need it. The only big riding area we have close to us is Shawnee National Forest in Southern IL. You aren't required to have weed free there.
I prefer to supplement with alfalfa CUBES, and they do not expand when wet, they just fall apart.

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post #3 of 14 Old 09-17-2013, 02:26 PM
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you can buy certified weed free cubes and pellets.
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-17-2013, 02:42 PM
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Exactly. Most, if nit all, Standlee hay products, pellets and cubes, are certified weed free. There's also a complete feed, available in the West, stable mix, which is cert. weedfree.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-17-2013, 06:04 PM
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Weed free (and seed free) requirement is not uncommon in a lot of National and State managed areas. Some people find it inconvenient, but it makes sense when you stop and look at it.

Since I use beet pulp and copra it's a non issue for me. No chance of weed or seed. Dried out beets and coconut are never a problem although you might have to explain what copra is if they've never heard of it, because it sure won't look like the feed they're use to seeing .

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post #6 of 14 Old 09-17-2013, 07:35 PM
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With 74% of Utah being Public Lands and Certified Weed Free is required on all public lands. It is very common for us to have buy a weed free product. Most feed stores sell certified hay for $1.00 to $2.00 more per bale than non-certified hay.

Places like Yellowstone Park are even more restrictive. They are not only concerned about invasive weeds. But want to prevent the spread of ANY non-native plant. So they pretty much don't want any baled hay brought into the park. If you have it in your trailer, It needs to be in unbroken bales, usually wrapped or bagged to prevent the possibility of seeds blowing off the bales. And if you have fed your horses in mangers, They usually want your trailer windows shut. So the safest bet for feed in the park is to haul in some kind of processed feed. They consider the process of grinding and pelletizing of hay to be sufficient to destroy seeds.
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I certified my hay crop this year and two years ago. I don't sell it, it's just for our own use. But it makes having certified bales a non-issue. We certify to the national standard, not just the Idaho standard, so we can take it pretty much wherever we go on public land.

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post #8 of 14 Old 09-27-2013, 06:02 AM
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Wow this was a good thread to read. I have never heard of weed free feed and never knew it was a rule. It makes sense but I don't think any of the feed stores around here have stuff like that. Good to know.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-27-2013, 04:46 PM
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Sailor, Whats the difference between the national standard and the Idaho standard?

Here in Utah, Almost ALL certified weed free hay is Alfalfa. The department of ag inspector shows up before you cut the hay and looks over the field. If no weeds are present, he allows you to cut the filed and report the number of bales and he gives you that many tags to place on the bales.

Grass hay is so much more difficult to get certified, because varieties of un wanted grass are more difficult to see in a field of grass vs just looking at a good stand of alfalfa.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-27-2013, 11:31 PM
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I thought I was buying timothy because the first load of bales were beautiful timothy. The second load contained Trefoil, a cattle feed, that can be invasive. The stuff was like tumbleweeds and the horses wouldn't touch it. I told the guy not to bring me any more altho he did. Now the ****ed Trefoil has invaded the lawn and my pastures.
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