A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

November 10, 2008

Always Check Contents Before Feeding

 

Saturday morning chores included a run to the local feed store for some more alfalfa pellets.    We have been feeding alfalfa pellets to some of the dams who are heavy milk producers in order to make sure they do not get too drawn down.

 

On starting afternoon chores I opened one of the new bags of alfalfa pellets and went to put some in the feeding bowls, but there mixed in with the alfalfa pellets was another type of pellet.  The other pellet was a different color and bigger, it did not seem to be an alfalfa pellet.

 

I am always concerned when I see a different kind of pellet or grain in a bag of feed than should be there.  It is not unusual to have the odd strange pellet get into a bag of feed and when I find them I remove them and throw them away.  I think this happens when the feed mill has finished the end of one feed run and switches the machines to a different feed, for some reason the previous feed does not get completely cleaned out of the machines.  It really should not happen, but it does.

 

With these bags of alfalfa pellets though there was more than just the odd pellet or two of a different type.  This other pellet was abundant and mixed in throughout the bag.  I opened another bag of alfalfa pellets to check them and discovered the same problem.

 

There is no way I can tell what these other pellets are just by looking at them.  They may be something quite harmless, but they may also be a feed that contains an ingredient that is harmful to alpacas. 

 

I would much rather be safe than sorry, so until I can get to the feed store to return the bags of alfalfa pellets the girls who usually get those pellets will have to do without.  They will still get their regular feed ration and for a day or so it will not harm them to do without the alfalfa pellets.

 

Our local feed store is always very easy to work with and so I will contact them and let them know of the problem with the alfalfa pellets.  It may be that the manufacturer has changed their product and the pellets are safe, but I can’t help thinking back to a few years ago when some alpaca farms in Ohio lost a lot of alpacas due to a wrong ingredient being in some alpaca feed (in that case though the wrong ingredient was not readily apparent).  I don’t want that to happen at our farm.

 

I am sure that the feed store will replace the bags of alfalfa pellets for me, and I am also sure I will open them and check the contents before driving them home. Remember – always check contents before feeding, you could save yourself a lot of problems and heartache by doing so

 

Rosemary

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2 Comments »

  1. HI WINDRUSH, WHAT A GREAT HINT. I FEED MINE BAR- ALE AND HAVE HAD GOOD LUCK WITH IT. I HAVE NOTICED A DIFFERENCE IN THE GIRLS. I ALSO CHECK THE FEED, BUT WHEN YOUR NEW IN THE BUSINESS LIKE SO MANY, IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU THINK OF. I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT WE SHARE OUR KNOWLEGE. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE TIP! LINDA OF ALPACASOF BARAGON.

    Comment by LINDA NICOLOSI — December 30, 2009 @ 12:57 am

    • Hi Linda,

      Sorry to take so long in approving and replying to your comment, I took a little break from blogging over Christmas.

      I am glad you found my blog article helpful and hope that you will continue to read the blog. I have never heard of Bar-Ale being fed to alpacas. What does it consist of and what are its nutritional qualities? It’s always good to gain knowledge of other feed options.

      One of the great things about the alpaca community is that most breeders are very happy to share their knowledge, which is helpful to both new and established breeders.

      Thank you for reading my blog and here’s wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

      Rosemary

      Comment by alpacalady — January 4, 2010 @ 1:29 am


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