Feed shed kept in tip top shape? Or organised chaos?…………Doesn’t matter which, so long as feed is stored correctly
⚡️ Important tips for feed storage ⚡️
ℹ️ Clean dry area for storage
Regularly sweep out your feed storage area to remove any spilled feed to avoid attracting rats/mice etc. Store feed off the ground or in containers, to prevent spoilage from water. Exposing grains to high humidity or moisture may lead to mycotoxin production. These can have dangerous health consequences to your horse.
ℹ️ Sealed containers to prevent vermin
Store feed in sealed containers to stop vermin eating or contaminating feed. Never store feed on the ground in the bags they came in, rats and mice can chew through the bags easily. Contaminated feed can be detrimental to your horse.
ℹ️ Stored feed
If feed is stored under ideal conditions, it should remain safe for 4-6 months, with straight whole grains possibly lasting years. Feed containing molasses and oil can reduce shelf life & high fat feeds are more prone to spoilage. High temperatures can speed natural degradation of feed, especially when there is also high humidity. Pelleted feeds may have a longer shelf life because of their lower moisture content, as well as the heat treatment they go through during manufacturing.
First In, First Out. To help maintain freshness use the oldest bag first. If you store feed in a large bin/container, do not top the bin up with new feed, before using all the old feed first. Be sure to clean out old feed containers, removing any remaining feed prior to refilling. This should ensure old feed does not accumulate in the bottom, becoming dusty and moldy.
ℹ️ Purchase in smaller quantities
If correct storage is not possible, consider buying feed in smaller quantities, it will be used up quickly. This is the best solution to provide safe, high quality feed to your horse.
ℹ️ Discarding feeds
Feeds contaminated with visible mold should be discarded immediately. Horses are much more sensitive to mold and bacteria than some other livestock.