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Karen

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SafeChoice Original?
« on: November 01, 2017, 08:16:51 am »

Anyone have experience with SafeChoice Original feed? 

We've been feeding Nutrena's Pro Force Fuel (12% protein, 13% fat) for the last couple years and the horses have done great on it, but it's once again become difficult and time consuming to purchase, so I need to find a feed more readily available.  The SafeChoice line is carried by Tractor Supplies, of which there are 2 within 10 miles of work & home, and a 3rd just under 20 miles from home.  One of the Tractor Supplies close to home appears to be well stocked at all time.

Anyway, we were thinking of switching from Pro Force Fuel (12% protein, 13% fat) to SafeChoice Original (14% protein, 7% fat)...and then supplementing the younger horses with Empower Boost (12% protein, 22% fat) if they need more fat in their diets.

The nutrena nutrition specialist says this should work, but wanted to see if anyone had experience with the feed.

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Re: SafeChoice Original?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2017, 01:37:40 pm »

We have used it for several years.
We also use the Safe Choice Senior for Doc.

Very satisfied.
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Re: SafeChoice Original?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 04:38:29 pm »

I have to say I've no personal experience with Nutrena.  At one point I would not have used their feed because they used the same mixers cattle and horse feed which can be fatal to horses if even a minute amount of monensin is left on mixers.  They may have changed this over all the lawsuits and issues. 
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Re: SafeChoice Original?
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 07:00:57 am »

I've been emailing back and forth with someone at Nutrena.  I just posed that question.  I'll let you know her response.
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Re: SafeChoice Original?
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 11:44:48 am »

I fed Safe Choice Original for a few years back when it was just $8.99 a bag.  Everyone except the Rocky Mountain Horse did well with it.  I switched over to Triple Crown Senior for several reasons.  One of which was the Safe Choice went up in price to $14.99 a bag.  Now I see it's up over $16 a bag versus Triple Crown at $20.  Another reason was that I was reading how the bags of feed varied to which ingredients they used.  They would switch up whatever they could get at the most cost effective price and use it as long as it gave them the same end result numbers of protein, fat, sugar, etc.  I don't know if they still do that or not.  Additionally, I have a now 20 year old who just needs a better senior feed which the Triple Crown Senior provides.  Now, of course, Purina has bought Triple Crown so who knows if anything will change.
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Re: SafeChoice Original?
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 02:07:50 pm »

We've really liked the Pro Force Fuel.  Helped maintain weight on our young horses and hard keepers during our busy trial season without making them hot, but I'm tired of worrying about whether I'll be able to get it this time or not, and then having to drop everything and search for it. 

I'm not a huge fan of Tractor Supply or the way they handle stocking in my area, but there are several stores close by (2 less than 10 miles away, one 18 miles away and another 30 miles or so away), and the one closest to home seems to do a pretty good job keeping their shelves stocked, which leaves us deciding on a brand they stock.  I wish Chewy handled horse feed!

Anyway, here was Nutrena's response:

"With recent news in the media and rumors on social media you are likely concerned with monensin, a drug used in cattle feeds. We understand your concern about the potential risk of contamination of monensin in your horse feed, especially with the recent news coverage. We take feed safety very seriously and stand behind the quality and safety of our products.

The majority of Nutrena horse feed manufacturing locations do not handle monensin including the closest mill locations to your area. In cases where we do manufacture our horse feeds in plants that use monensin, we have strict procedures to separate the production of feeds manufactured with monensin from the production of horse feeds.

All of our facilities are required to follow FDA-approved Good Manufacturing Practices. These practices include: flushing the bins/legs in the plant after feed with monensin is made; sequencing the order in which feeds are made so horse feeds are not made right after a medicated cattle feed is made; bin segregation to ensure horse feeds and medicated cattle feeds are not held in the same bins; and routine residue testing to verify that our procedures are effective and there is no carryover of drug residue. We also voluntarily apply HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) standards, which are similar to safety measures taken in human food production.

We’re confident that our strict manufacturing and food safety standards significantly mitigate contamination risks.  "
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Re: SafeChoice Original?
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 04:41:08 pm »

well, it seems that answer means you would need to check the bags to make sure they were milled in the non-cattle plants?  I also think tractor supply will let you order online and pickup at the store?  Not sure how much is required or if every store does it.   
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Re: SafeChoice Original?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2017, 06:00:16 am »

The only thing I feed my horses is the TC Balancer Cubes, already balanced as to vit. and minerals, low sugar, less than 10% and low fat, 4% as I have two spotted walkers who are easy keepers possibly prone to IR, plus a Paso Fino who is IR.  High fat is not good for horses who are metabolic in some form as well as sugar can cause problems. 

Purina did not buy Triple Crown, they are milling their feeds only instead of Cargill.  I just found out that I can no longer get my cubes through the Southern States dealer I have been using because of this, but the feed store closer to us can now get the cubes since they are a Purina dealer.  The owner is working with me to get what I need. 
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