Horse Feed ComparisonComparison of horse feeds
Comparison of horse feed | The feed room
During a recent trip to a local farmyard, the proprietor entrusted her with considering a feed-shift. Elfriede said she had no problem with the present one she was using, but she thought she could go less pricey as she was done showing for the time of year.
For each 50 lb of pouch, the actual amount she was fed was $19. 99. They remarked there was a on-site mill that had a feed for only $12. 99, and the components listed were the same. Nutritional supplements are not included on the label in the order of their intake, such as animal feed or food for food for humans.
Even though the content of proteins seemed to be the same, the food did not guarantee the quantities of limited amount of fatty acid for the horse, as well as those of lyin, methionin and threonin. Quantity of vitamin and mineral nutrients depends on the right amount of food for the horse's body mass. Then we did the maths to see what she would be saving on food for a horse every single horse.
However, it could go up to 2% feed! Value feed would require an ancillary $1. 92 - $5. 04 per diem to retain a 1200 lb horse built on the manufacturer's referrals for a 1200 lb service stage horse. In fact, the actual feed was a better value! Now this can be an extreme distinction, but it pays in the end to always do the maths even if the recruiting rates or prizes are not so different.
And, do not overlook the value of the extra things contained in higher-priced feed such as premicrobials, probiotics as well as biootin, which are not necessarily found in feeds. Recently I got a call from a horse-owning man who said she had to put her horse on a die.
Your 1000 pounds filly is a 7 pounds physical fitness rating her veterinarian had advised her to put the filly on a dietary balance. As she set prices for feed locally, she thought the cost of a balancing device was too high. With free entry to the field, her filly felt that 1 lb a days of feed would be good, with a few supplement.
But there was an easy way to feed the filly healthily, I said she was on the right path to reducing the horse's calorie intake. May I point out that the feed brand on the produce it feeds had a feed ration of 0. 5 lbs of feed for every 100 lbs of MB.
Also, for her filly to get the right enrichment of vitamin and mineral ingredients on the label, she would need 5 quid a days. Reducing the diet to only 20% of the feed needed and the addition of dietary supplementation could be expensive, as well as creating an unbalance in the supply of microns and macro-minerals.
She was considering a rations match. Focused nutritional content allows low feedings. Contains prebiotic and probiotic to aid digestive function. And not to forget that a balance of qualities also uses organo-microelements in order to improve bio-availability and the utilisation of proteins.
Comparing the balancing with the top dressings of the low feed, the balancing was a much better value in terms of daily costs. Therefore, it is always important to calculate the "cost per day" instead of focusing on the label on the pouch, and keep in mind the costs of dietary supplementation needed when examining a lower-quality, cheaper feed.
Horsemen often compares feeder information on the feed tags or supportive information from websites. This is a fast comparison, but not always the best. Now, what is most important for the horse is the amount it actually consumes.
In order to obtain this figure, the feed content must be multiplicated by the amount of food consumed, taking into consideration various units of measurement, such as food additives that are consumed inozenges instead of pound. With the popularity of horse feeds, some people see that they usually have 30% or more of proteins and fear that the horse's diet is far too high.
However, with a dose of a 1000 lb horse only gets 1-2 lb of produce per days, as opposed to 4-6 lb of a more conventional 12% feed. Powdery dietary supplements contain 99% fats, which are added at a 2 oz per diem and add 0. 124 lb of fats to the dayly diets.
One stabilised riceflea supplements, which has 22% adipose, supplied at a 2 lb per diem ratio, add 0. 44 lb fats to the dayly diets. Horses use much more straw per diem than cereals, so the gap is increased by a few percent when you look at the proportion of food used.
While it may require a little mathematics, looking beyond the percent of a certain nutritional substance is something your horse would thank you for if he could talk!