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Large Animal FAQs

How many pounds of hay pellets or cubes equal a flake of hay?

Always use the concept of a pound of forage is a pound of forage regardless of its form. A pound of baled forage is the same as a pound of pellets or a pound of cubes. We recommend that animals be fed by weight and not by volume; therefore if you are currently feeding 10lbs of alfalfa from a bale and changing to alfalfa pellets or cubes then you should feed 10lbs of alfalfa pellets or cubes.

I currently feed baled forage to my animal and want to switch to feeding forage pellets or cubes, what are the recommended feeding instructions.

Forage pellets and cubes are just another form of forage; nothing has changed except the shape or the size of the forage. Always use the concept of a pound of forage is a pound of forage regardless of its form. A pound of baled forage is the same as a pound of pellets or a pound of cubes. We recommend that animals be fed by weight and not by volume; therefore if you are currently feeding 10lbs of alfalfa from a bale and changing to alfalfa pellets or cubes then you should feed 10lbs of alfalfa pellets or cubes.

Can I feed both baled forage and forage pellets or cubes? How much of each should I feed to my horse?

Using the concept of a pound of forage is a pound of forage regardless of its form, replacing baled forage with pelleted or cubed forage is simple. For example, if a person is feeding 15 lbs of baled forage and wants to also feed some forage pellets, then simply replace what is taken away in baled forage pound per pound with pellets or cubes. If a person is feeding 15 lbs of baled forage, and wanted to add 5 lbs of pellets without increasing the amount of forage the horse receives in a day, then simply feed 10 lbs of baled forage and 5 lbs of pellets or cubes. The horse will still be getting his 15 lbs of forage a day.

I have an IR (insulin resistant) horse, what type of hay forage should I feed my horse?

Timothy grass forage would be a good choice, as the sugar level is low, when compared to other grass hay forages. Standlee recommends consulting with a veterinarian or an equine nutritionist to ensure the best possible dietary plan for equines with special dietary needs.

Why is this compressed bale of hay so “dusty”?

It is important to understand the way that our compressed bales are manufactured. We use a 4’x4’x8’ bale of forage that is put into our press and cut horizontally twice, moved across a scale, weighed compressed and banded. During this process when the hay is sliced it creates fractures, just as a piece of wood does when it is cut. These are fractures that are in the bales, not dust. Most often horses love this part of the bale, as to them it is the “candy”. If a horse has respiratory problems and the fractures are bothersome to the horse, the hay can be wetted down.

Are Beet pulp pellets or beet pulp shreds GMO?

Standlee purchases beet pulp pellets and beet pulp shreds from our local commercial sugar factory, we do not grow sugar beets. We purchase them locally and then bag them at our facility. All sugar beets grown for commercial sugar production in the US are genetically modified; therefore all beet pulp products are GMO.

Is there added molasses in the beet pulp pellets or shreds?

There is molasses in beet pulp pellets and beet pulp shreds as a by-product of the manufacturing at the sugar factory. Molasses is added to the beet pulp during the pulp drying phase so it does not ferment. There is only a very small amount of molasses in the beet pulp pellets and shreds, about 3%. Standlee does not add molasses to the product. When choosing which beet pulp product to feed your animals, it is important to look at the actual sugar content. Standlee beet pulp pellets have about 7% sugar and the beet pulp shreds have about 10% of this 3% is from by-product molasses.

How long do I need to soak pellets or cubes?

SPWF recommends that pellets be soaked two parts water to one part pellet for at least 30 minutes. Cubes should be soaked for at least 45 minutes to an hour. It is important to feed pellets or cubes at ground level, allowing the horse to extend his neck in his natural grazing position. Always use room temperature or cold water when soaking forage as hot water not only cooks them but can also cause them to ferment.

Do you offer free samples of your products?

Currently we do not offer a sample program, however we guarantee our product so if at any time a consumer is not completely satisfied it can be returned to the place of purchase with the receipt for a full refund.

What kind of straw is the compressed bale or the Grab & Go® compressed bale?

Standlee straw is either Barley or Wheat; this straw is noxious weed free however it is not barley or wheat seed free. If using straw for landscaping or gardening purposes it can sprout barley or wheat.

I would like to "stock pile" Standlee pellets/cubes or bales for this winter. Can I do that and how should I store them?

Yes, to maintain product quality store in a cool dry well-ventilated place out of the effects of the weather.

Is it possible to get your products in Canada?

We will soon be selling our large animal forage products through select retailers in British Columbia & Alberta, Canada. Please keep checking our website for more information.

How can I tell how fresh the pellets or cubes are?

Standlee uses the date code format DD.MM.YYYY to track packaging dates on all of our bagged products and the format DD.MM.YY on our Grab and Go products. Each of our bags has a date code printed on it that tells you the packaging date. The first two numbers are the day, the next two numbers indicate the month, and the last four numbers (or the last two number for Grab and Go) indicate the year. For example 03.04.2016, would mean that the product was packaged on April 3rd, 2016.

Can I get a detailed analysis of Standlee Premium Western Forage® Products?

Please see our Nutrition Information for a detailed analysis on Standlee Premium Western Forage® Products.

What is Certified Noxious Weed Free Forage?

Certified forage is a shortened term for “certified noxious weed free forage or straw”. Through the governing body NAISMA (North American Invasive Species Management Association), states have come together and determined what weeds they deem as noxious. Each state’s agriculture department inspects fields within their state for noxious weeds and will certify the field as noxious weed free if it meets the criteria. When manufacturers participate in this program, they are required by law to provide certain types of labeling on their noxious weed free products. All of our NWFFS (Noxious Weed Free Forage Straw) baled forage or straw has a yellow band with purple writing, with the ID Dept. of Ag logo and the letters NWFFS. Our certified bagged products have the labeling required on the lower center of the front of our packaging. We do not send out certificates to individuals or to retailers, as we are required by law to provide labeling on our noxious weed free products. Certified does not mean forages are weed free; it means they are free of “noxious” weeds. Always feed your animals noxious weed free products at least 3 days prior to traveling to areas requiring certified forage. For detailed information on Certified Noxious Weed Free, go to our Certified Noxious Weed Free page.

Are Standlee Premium Western Alfalfa products GMO, genetically modified or Roundup ready?

As of December 1, 2013, Standlee will have a limited amount of GMO Alfalfa and Alfalfa Blended products in retail outlets. GMO Alfalfa could be found in cubes, pellets, chopped or bales.

Standlee Premium Western Forage® recognizes and respects that consumers appreciate a variety of product choices. Therefore, Standlee provides non-GMO straight Timothy Grass and Orchard Grass options across formats. (IE: Orchard Grass Pellets, Timothy Grass Pellets & Bales)

Visit our products overview page for a complete list of products.

What is the ratio amount of Standlee Premium Western Forage® Alfalfa/Timothy cubes?

Standlee Premium Western Forage® Alfalfa/Timothy cubes are 60% Alfalfa and 40% Timothy grass forages.

What is the difference between a dehydrated forage cube and a sun-cured cube?

Dehydrated forage cubes are processed differently than sun cured forage cubes. Dehydrated cubes are made from forages that are grown in humid climates primarily, or areas where frequent rain showers exist. These forages are harvested before bloom and not at optimum levels. The forage is usually left in the field for 2 days, then is picked up and chopped, transported to the processing plant, dehydrated to 95% matter and then cubed. The dehydrated method does not allow for the forage to be baled. Sun cured forages uses the sun to naturally cure the hay in the field before it is baled. This process can take upwards of 5 days before baling. Once baled, the forage then is processed into cubes, on an as needed basis. The nutritional value is naturally protected from this curing method. Dehydrated cubes nutritional values start out high, but with additional heat from the process, lower levels are maintained to mirror the natural process of sun cured cubes. Sun cured cubes forages have optimum levels of nutrition and with less chance of mold spores. Standlee Premium Western Forage® uses the natural method of sun cured and does not use any chemical mold inhibitors to control unwanted moisture as found in the eastern humid areas of forage processing.

What is the Concentrated Separator By-Product that is listed as an ingredient in beet pulp products?

Concentrated Separator By-Product or CSB is a secondary molasses produced during the separation of sugars from normal sugar beet molasses. It contains most of the molasses components but is lower in sugar content than ordinary molasses. Sugar beet molasses undergoes a process in which approximately half of the sugar is removed, concentrating proteins and minerals to form CSB. Compared with Cane Molasses, CSB has more crude protein, ash, and moisture; but as stated less sugar content. There has been extensive research into the use of CSB in the feed industry with Molasses based diets and supplements with no adverse effects. Please ensure to consult your veterinarian or equine nutritionist before adding or changing your animal's diet.

Does Standlee use binders or binding agents in the making of the pelleted forages?

All Standlee Premium Western Forage® pellets do not have any binding agents used in the making of the forage pellets. All pellets are 100% natural forage of choice.

How do I feed Standlee Premium Western beet pulp products?

Beet pulp pellets and shreds are an excellent source of digestible fiber. For most horses, 1 lb to 3 lbs a day would be a good choice. Hard keepers may require more. Beet pulp pellets should be soaked in water 2 parts water to 1 part pellet for 30 minutes. Beet pulp shreds should be soaked 2 parts water to 1 part shreds for 30 minutes. Always use room temperature or cold water when soaking beet pulp as warm or hot water can cause them to ferment.

What are the recommended feeding instructions for a horse when feeding Standlee Premium Western® pellets or cubes instead of forage?

Forage Pellets and cubes are just another form of forage; nothing has changed except the shape or the size of the forage. Always use the concept a pound of forage is a pound of forage regardless of its form. We recommend that you feed by weight and not by volume, therefore if you are feeding 10 lbs of Alfalfa, and changing to Alfalfa pellets then you should feed 10lbs of pellets.

What type of forage do you recommend that I feed my horse?

It is always best to work with a veterinarian or equine nutritionist for the best dietary regimen for your equine partner. For detailed information on the proper forage to feed your equine, we have created a user friendly tool to help consumers determine the best forage for their horses

I usually get forage from my local farmer, if I feed two flakes of that forage a day, how much of this compressed bale do I feed a day?

Bales of forage vary in size and weight all across the country. Forage should be fed by weight, and not by volume. 1.5% to 2.5% of the horses body weight per day depending on his activity level. Compressed bales of forage are no different. We recommend cutting the bands 8 – 10 hours prior to feeding, this allows air to flow through the bale and help it to expand into its natural flakes. Flakes should be weighed and fed according to your horses daily dietary requirements.

Can I feed both baled forage and forage pellets? How much of each should I feed to my horse?

Using the concept of a pound of forage is a pound of forage regardless of its form, replacing baled forage with pelleted or cubed forage is simple. For example, if a person is feeding 15 lbs of baled forage and wants to also feed some forage pellets, then simply replace what is taken away in baled forage pound per pound with pellets or cubes. If a person is feeding 15 lbs of baled forage, and wanted to add 5 lbs of pellets without increasing the amount of forage the horse receives in a day, then simply feed 10 lbs of baled forage and 5 lbs of pellets or cubes. The horse will still be getting his 15 lbs of forage a day.

What is the feeding rate for Standlee Premium Western Forage® products for goats or other animals?

Please download our animal feeding instructions to see the recommended feeding rates for goats and other animals. The table shows forage and beet pulp feeding rate recommendations for horses, goats, sheep, alpacas, bison, camels, cattle, deer, elk, llamas and pigs.

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