What's the deal with Pennfield feeds these days?
Anybody know what the latest is on the Pennfield bankruptcy? My feed store is trying to switch people off of Pennfield since they said it looks like they were going to be bought out and the products were not going to be made anymore...but, the thing is, they used to make a great line of feeds! I have been using them for more than 15yrs now, I'd be sad to have to switch :(
My main concerns are for comparable products for their Fibergized, as well as their ration balancer pellet (Ultra Balancer). I know in theory I could switch to KER, but no where around here carries it, and the feed store said KER has been less than helpful and unreliable with supply, etc....not to mention it's more expensive and a smaller bag. One of my favorite things with the Pennfield feeds was the fixed ingredients/fixed forumla aspect, plus they were local.
Is there much difference between the Nutrena Empower Balance and the Triple Crown 30% ration balancer? They seem to be what most people in the area are switching to.
Sorry for the ramble, I just hate having to audition feeds again when I've been so happy with Pennfield for so many years! Any help with experiences with the Nutrena and Triple Crown feeds would be greatly appreciated.
Pennfield feeds will remain unchanged!!
This is Tami Jones from Pennfield. Pennfield, like many other businesses and individuals faced many challenges in the last few years. The Horn family made the decision over the summer that the best option for the future of the business was to sell the company. At one time Pennfield was a company that employed over 900 people with various divisions in all aspects of agriculture. Over the years they sold off less profitable business segments, but still carried a large pension. As of last year we were a company of 112 with over 600 people on our pension. This was unsustainable and not appealing to a potential buyer. In an effort to sell the business we filed for voluntary chapter 11 protection on October 12, 2012. While the media did not always accurately report the story, the company and employees persevered. They worked longer days, took on more responsibilities all to ensure our customers received the same high quality products, with the same high quality ingredients they were accustomed to. We never changed our promise to put the horse first.
As of Monday, January 21, 2013 Cargill does own Pennfield. Cargill will continue to:
1. manufacture the equine feeds out of the same plant, Mount Joy. They will not be made in any other facility.
2.Keep the feeds fixed in both formula and ingredients.
3. Promote the Pennfield brand as Pennfield.
4. Distribute feed to the same retailers you currently purchase from.
Cargill was thrilled to acquire Pennfield and has acted through this process with the best interests of the customer in mind. They respect the Pennfield quality and brand and want only to enhance, not hurt it. I have been continually impressed by their vision thus far and wholeheartedly believe this was the best option for the business.
If you love Pennfield, if your horse loves Fibregized, or Grand Prix Granola, or nothing has helped your senior keep weight on like Senior Energized I strongly encourage you not to change. If you would like to speak to me directly or with someone else from Cargill I can still be reached at 717-295-8735 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The future for Pennfield is bright! We appreciate your business and support and look forward to continuing to provide the best in equine nutrition.