Constant Nutrition® compensates for natural nutrient variability in ingredients.
FEED: YOU GET WHAT YOU FORMULATE FOR
THE SAME NUTRIENTS IN EVERY BAG
Your horse has nutrient
requirements — not ingredient
requirements. That’s why you look
at the guaranteed analysis on a
bag of feed to decide whether it’s
appropriate for the age and activity
level of your horse.
But that label only tells you
so much. You’d think two products
that both contain 14 percent protein
and 6 percent fat would be pretty
much the same feed. But these feeds
may be using different formulation
“Least-cost” formulations allow
a manufacturer to adjust ingredients
based on cost, as long as the formula
still meets the guaranteed analysis.
But changing ingredients can
dramatically change how the diet
affects the horse. Think of soybean
meal and cottonseed meal. They have
similar protein levels, but cottonseed
doesn’t provide the same quality of
protein to support growth.
Major changes in ingredients can
also change palatability or cause
“Fixed” or “locked” formulations
always use the same ingredients
in the same amounts. This sounds
convenient and accurate, but all
ingredients — even high-quality
ones — vary in nutritional content.
Not all oats, for example, have
the same protein or mineral content
from region to region or from one
growing season to the next. So the
nutrients in every bag will vary.
At Purina, we do it differently.
Our Constant Nutrition® formulation
is a key component of our Purina
FeedGuard® Nutrition System.
This strategy provides consistent,
reliable nutrition in every bag of
premium Purina® horse feed.
We set stringent quality
standards for ingredients and buy
only from suppliers who meet strict
criteria. When ingredients arrive
at our manufacturing facilities,
we inspect them, sample them and
analyze their nutrient levels. This is
more accurate than using published
book values or supplier averages.
Our formulation system makes
very small adjustments in the
amounts of ingredients to maintain
consistent nutrient concentrations
in the fnished product.
Constant Nutrition® ensures your
horse always gets the most consistent
nutrition possible — and you get
exactly what you pay for.
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by Karen E. Davison, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist and
Sales Support Manager, and Katie Young, Ph.D., Equine
Nutritionist, Manager Equine Technical Services