The Advantages of Feed Pellets for Horse Farming
The modern horse industry has received great development in the developed countries, which becomes the main economic growth point and provides a large number of employment opportunities. The modern horse owners require the horses healthy and satisfactory in all respects, which drive horse owners to buy top quality horse feeds with balanced nutrition. Horse feeds’ appearance, texture, flavor and palatability are the main considerations when feeding horses. Doubtlessly feed pellets are the optimal feeds for horses.
Simply put, pellets are better for most horses because the ingredients are cooked and finely ground. Just as certain cooked and finely ground foods are more digestible to human beings, the same may be said about horses. This is especially beneficial for older horses with teeth problems. These benefits are also good reasons to feed pellets to thin horses that need to gain weight.
Taste is also a factor that manufacturers have taken into consideration, and even horses with an affirmed sweet tooth will be eager to eat the feed pellets. This also prevents picky eaters from only ingesting the portions of the feeds they enjoy while leaving behind the portions they are unwilling to eat.
Furthermore, if your horse nutritional needs change, you will be able to adjust the feed accordingly and it may be done quickly and easily. Then the uniformity of the feed pellet is its very strong point. Each pellet contains the energy, amino acids, lysine, vitamins and minerals that horse needs, what is more, the oil that binds the pellet together adds extra energy to the ration.
In addition to the foregoing, since pellets are specially formulated to store easily, they will not be spoiled like other feeds, and even changing temperatures have no influence on the appearance, taste, and structure of the feed pellets. Shelf lives range from one month to about a month and a half. It is easy to judge whether the feed pellet is spoiled. Mold on the pellets is highly visible. If the pellets are powdery, clumped or smell rancid, which indicate the pellet is spoiled. Fresh pellets are glossy and smell good.
Yet some horse owners are hesitant to feed pellets simply because they look different. Others allege that pellets are the cause of colic. Actually, non-digested food particles can cause havoc in the large intestine and cecum, which lead to the colic and laminitis. Take a handful of pellets, drop them into a glass of water and, within seconds, it is dissolved, which shows that the horses are finally getting the maximum food value from the food they are eating. This is the primary secret behind a feed pellet.
How is the Feed Pellet Made?
Feed pellet is made by grinding grains, adding vitamins and minerals, and combining these elements with steam to make the mash. This mash is processed through a pellet mill. Friction creates during pelletizing, which raises the temperature of the mix. The grinding and cooking procedures process nutrients so that pellets are more digestible than straight or textured grains. This is an advantage to all horses. If the pellet is produced with roughage, it also contains a fiber source. Generally speaking, this means that supplemental hay is not required. However, it is better to add several pounds of hay. Horses enjoy chewing so give them something they enjoy doing.
Do not hesitant to feed your horses with pellets. Its convenience, nutrition preservation and popularity do benefit to your horse farming