Bluegrass Horse Feeds are focusing on the important of correct feed storage with a helpful print out guide for horse owners to put in their feed rooms. Rancid feeds are an owner's pet hate, not only does it create an unwanted expense, but it can cause inappetence and health issues.
Firstly, it is important to understand that the type of feed will affect the shelf life, a cube or pelleted feed will have a longer expiration date than a mix, due to the lower moisture content.
There are several factors that can affect your feed making them inedible for your horse:
- The growth of molds and bacteria
- Oxidation which results in a loss in vitamins and causes rancidity of essential fatty acids
These factors can affect all types of feed in different ways, for example high humidity can cause haylage to produce mould and fungal spores if exposed to air or rodents can contaminate hard feed by chewing through bags or getting into feed bins.
Storage of Feed Bags
Bluegrass Horse Feeds have recently changed their feed bags to a higher durability designed to avoid ripping during transit, some products however, will remain in paper bags. It is important to note that water damage can still occur if they are exposed to moisture through the bag seam.
Some Simple steps for storing feed:
- Keeping feed on a pallet rather than the floor
- Opened bags should be used quickly
- Opened bags are to be stored in feed containers
- Regularly clean feed scoops to avoid contamination
- Use up all older feed before adding in new feed
- Clean all feed containers before new feed is added
- Have good rodent control in your feed room
If your feed has obvious mould present, a bad odour or discoloured, it is important not to feed this to your horses. Often, they will refuse to eat it, however if consumed it can cause health issues.
Bluegrass Horse Feeds customers can be assured that all raw materials are tested and cleaned before entering the milling process. Bluegrass products also contain mycotoxin binders designed to decrease the occurrence of mycotoxins, which are naturally occurring in feeds.
Click here to download your free feed storage guidelines from Bluegrass Horse Feeds.