Thursday, January 24, 2019

FAQs About Livestock Feed

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we provide high-quality livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks. We do this because it’s important to us that you have an easy to shop at, local store where you can buy everything you need for your Lake of the Ozarks farm. We carry many different brands and can feed animals as large as horses or as small as rabbits. If you have questions about livestock feed, or just want to know a bit more about what we carry, here is the low down!

Frequently Asked Questions About Livestock Feed

Q: What is the typical shelf life for livestock feed?
A: The type of feed will impact the shelf life. A textured feed (aka sweet feed) generally has the shortest shelf life. They have a higher moisture content, and this can make them more prone to mold issues. Pelleted feeds will have a longer shelf life, and extruded feeds have the longest shelf life. The biggest factor to consider is storage conditions. When feed is stored in a dry, cool place, they are generally good for up to 6 months from the date of manufacture.

Q: How can I tell how fresh my feed is?
A: The feed bags are marked with a code that will indicate what day it was produced on. We offer many different brands here at Camdenton Farm and Garden, all of which could have different coding systems. If you have a question about how the lot codes work for your feed, please give us a call or ask us next time you stop in to pick up your order.

Q: What is the difference between organic and non-GMO feed?
A: If a feed is labeled “organic” it must meet extremely specific requirements. Organic plants are required to be grown with natural fertilizers and without pesticides or hormones, along with other requirements.

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) have had their DNA altered, which can increase their resistance to herbicides and improve nutritional content. Non-GMO feed is made by grains that have not been genetically altered but may have been treated with pesticides.

The take away is that non-GMO fee is not necessarily organic, but the organic feed is always non-GMO.

Q: What are probiotics and prebiotics?
A: Probiotics are live microorganisms that are added to the feed. They enhance the healthy flora or bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract. This bacteria is considered “good” and can improve the intestinal balance of microbes while restricting the growth of the “bad” bacteria. Think of it like the live cultures that are found in yogurt.

Prebiotics are soluble fibers that encourage the growth of good bacteria in the stomach, but unlike probiotics, they are not bacteria.

Stock Feed In Camdenton, MO

Curious what types of stock feed we have at the Lake of the Ozarks? We cover all animals large and small. Don’t see what you were looking for when you come in? We can help with that! We make special ordering a breeze, and we can get access to most brands and varieties.

Come See Us!

We are your local connection for all things farm and garden related. We would be honored to help you choose the feed that would work best for your stock animals, as well as answer your questions. Sometimes it’s a game of trial and error when looking for the right feed, but with a little bit of research, you can get exactly what you need from the start. Let your local farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO help you feed Lake of the Ozarks animals!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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