The Standlee Orchard Grass pellets have been procured! This is a Southern Idaho hay company that is producing a variety of pellets and marketing them nationwide. The Teamdonk boys will soon begin their new feeding program. Click on the photo to enlarge it!
The foundation of my Donkey vitamin/mineral feed has always been beet pulp with other supplements added to offset the nutritional deficiencies. Two important discoveries were made last spring. First I learned that Beet Pulp contains exceedingly high levels of Iron. Around the same time an animal nutritionist informed me that extra Iron is extremely detrimental to hooves. That information prompted me to start exploring replacement options which in turn led me to Standlee Hay Company, Inc of Eden, Idaho.
Orchard Grass pellets are 8% Crude Protein, 1.8% Crude Fat with 35% Crude Fiber. They can be moistened to accommodate the Dry Molasses and Magnesium Oxide combination which fights fat pockets and helps prevent neck crests from becoming too large. Twice a week they will continue to received ground flax seed which is great for their hooves and hair coats. A small amount of Low Non-Structural Carbohydrate Complete LMF is the only other daily ingredient I plan to add to their supplement.
Loose mineral salt with Selenium is available to them along with plenty of clean and winter time heated water.
Free choice home grown grass hay should keep them full and warm this winter and is a great colic preventer. I really feel this is all these four mature mammoth donkeys need to maintain a healthy lifestyle without the extra calories.
September 2012 has not been the driving month I had planned. Hopefully the end of next week will see us out and about a few more times.