How do I know if my alfalfa cubes are high quality?
My horses get mainly good quality hay free choice, plus about 10 alfalfa cubes soaked twice a day to mix their vitamins/sups in. They are in great weight and are doing great in their workouts.
My husband asked me the other day how I know where the alfalfa comes from in the cubes and how it's high quality. I didn't know how to answer him:confused:.
I always pick apart my cubes before soaking them because I once found a little blue twine in one, and also to help break them up. I buy them from Tractor Supply, which I know is maybe not the highest quality.
Where can I get quality cubes? Is there a brand in the Northeast I should look for? They always seem to smell the same to me, but they also sometimes seem dusty when I break them apart.
My friend said she found some blue "tarp" material in a few of her cubes the other day! Yikes!
I went searching and found another forum where somebody posted that they would NEVER buy cubes because they are the crap hay that the farmers can compress together to make look ok, and nobody knows:no:. Has anybody ever heard that before?
Thanks for reading and in advance for replies!
Most commercial cubes are as high as you will find
Most commercial dryers buy their alfalfa straight out of the field and its as about as good as you will find.
So if it is a brand name product with a legit label you will be fine.
Big producers have to test their product and don't mess around with poor quality crops.
I think you will be fine.
I little bit of baler twine will not hurt a horse as long as its only a little bit. Long pieces now that's another matter. plus they usually spit the bits of plastic out, even if they don't they will just add to the indigestible fiber.