So how do you manage your feed costs during times like this? For grazing animals the best way to save money is to get the most out of your pasture and to offer feeds that fill in nutritional gaps. The answer is not necessarily feeding cheaper feed, or less feed, but the feed that gives you the most for your money.
For cattle, these are the exact conditions for which Accuration Range Liquid was created. It complements the natural forage, provides added calories, and keeps cows in optimal breeding and lactating condition. Cattle will regulate their intake of this molasses-based liquid as needed according to forage conditions, eating less when forage value is high and more as forage value decreases into dry periods or winter months. Additionally, we recommend Purina Wind & Rain Mineral (bags or tubs) for all herds to help fill nutritional gaps and ensure reproductive health.
For horses, nutrient dense feeds such as Strategy, Strategy Healthy Edge, Omolene, and Nature's Essentials Enrich 12 or 32 are optimal. Each of these feed options are designed to be fed at very low rates, and by feeding a significant amount less of an "expensive" feed you can save money compared to feeding large amounts of a "cheap" feed (all while your horse looks and performs better!) Not convinced? Bring in one feeding's worth of your horses' feed along with the bag or tag, and we'll do a price comparison for you. Thankfully, for the time being our local hay producers are happily baling away and barns are filling up again.... though the hay prices may not be like they were a few years ago, at least hay will be available.
Feed efficiency, quality and value become even more important as prices rise. Please be patient with us as we all ride out these prices together. We are happy to visit with you in the store as well as make farm calls to make sure you are getting the most out of your feed program. 'Til next time....