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Old 07-03-2011, 11:08 PM   #1
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We are supplementing with beet pulp and the feed store was out of shreds last time so we purchased pellets. Is there anything to take into consideration with pellets vs. shreds or is it essentially the same product?

Also, we're working to get one of our bucks into show condition without piling on the grain. We've upped the alfalfa and added beet pulp and he's putting on condition beautifully. I don't see any references to beet pulp being an issue with bucks, but thought I'd triple check that I'm not in the process of creating a problem for myself. Beet pulp is ok for bucks, too?



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I feed my wethers and bucks beet pulp pellets everyday and have never had an issue with it at all. I like the pellets because I can mix them with their alfalfa pellets and they don't contain molasses.



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Thanks Skeeter! I've never come across anything in my reading suggesting they're a problem for bucks, but thought I'd make sure. We've been really happy with the results so far and so are they: they think they're getting grained.

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I use shreds because that is what the horses eat, so I get that for all. I didn't know there were pellets. Would you soak pellets too, like I do the shreds for the horses?

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I always fed shreds to horses unsoaked, only ever worried about soaking the pellets.

I ASSUME that goats chew the pellets well enough to avoid soaking those - not to mention my goats would never dream of eating something mushy =P However when we used beet pulp for goats, we bought the shredded variety 'just because' I'm a worry wart.

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Both the shreds and pellets have molassas as an ingredient out here. I feed them soaked in hot water for the old girls and feed them straight unsoaked to the goats. Jennifer the big ole single stomached horse being fed beet pulp that turn into a sponge in horses and can impact a gut isn't even a consideration in a goat/ruminant. But boy do the girls love their hot soaked beet pulp water and shreds!

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Old 07-04-2011, 02:19 AM   #7
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Vicki, come talk to my goats about eating their mush, would ya? =D They just sniff mashes and stare at me like I've totally lost it...

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I've never soaked the pellets, just put them out as they come in the bag. No one has ever choked on them, not even the littles that scavenge the crumbs. I have never seen any indication that they would be prone bloat on them and as I understand it, the whole "swelling up in their stomach and bursting it" thing is just a wives tale.
I've been very happy with the condition my boys stay in using beet pulp. They seem to put on more lean muscle mass than before and I'm seeing better endurance on the trails.

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I had intended to get the shreds, but they weren't available. Although, I will say, the pellets are taking up a lot less space where we store feed. Storing 200 lbs of the shreds would have been a challenge for us!

Both the shreds and the pellets contain a "small amount" of molasses, according to the manufacturer, because it's part of the drying process when the pulp is processed but it's not added when they make the actual feed. What a small amount might be I haven't a clue. Maybe that's why they're gobbling them up so!

Kate, we are feeding them unsoaked as well and they do seem to be chewing the pellets.

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I prefer the pellets because they are easier to store and cheaper. My animals like them better. The molasses is like 1% or something like that because it is part of the process, as was mentioned, not added. I feed it to my goats and horses, but I soak it. The shreds are easier to soak. None of my critters will eat them dry, so I set them to soak the feeding time before I need to feed them, so they are ready when I need them. That stuff was a Godsend for the older animals who couldn't chew hay and it kept my bucks in great shape even during rut.



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