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QUESTION
what complete and fortified feed do you recommend for yearling gelding shire. will be supplemented with coastal bermuda hay and daily pasture in summer. wish high fat, low startch, fiber( filler) feed. esp concern is overload as he grows, in order to meet his needs. can you advise and thanking you in advance for any guidance.


ANSWER

We really aren't in the business of recommending one brand name of feed over another, but the characteristics of the feed you want should guide your decision.

You should look for a fortified grain mix, either texturized or pelleted, that when fed with your hay, will yield an average concentration of about 12% crude protein (CP) from high quality sources like soybean meal or milk based products, and contain 10 - 15% fats and oils, with most of the grain content in the form of oats instead of more starchy grains like corn, wheat or rye. Often, these types of high fat/low starch concentrates will have fairly high levels of beet pulp, which contains fiber that is more digestible than in the average fibrous feedstuff. In order for you to come up with an overall average CP concentration of 12%, you must first know the CP concentration of your hay and pasture. Representative samples of the forage can be sent to a commercial testing lab to determine several nutrient concentrations, including CP.







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