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    Default WTF is in my beet pulp?

    So I picked up a bag of beet pulp shreds at the feed store today and the label lists 25% "Acid Detergent Fiber". Doesn't sound super tasty, nor healthy. Any feed specialists out there know what this is?



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    A quick Google search produced:

    Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF): The fibrous component represents the least digestible fiber portion of forage or other roughage. This highly indigestible part of forage and includes lignin, cellulose, silica and insoluble forms of nitrogen but not hemicellulose. Forages with higher ADF are lower in digestible energy than forages with lower ADF. That means, as the ADF level increase, digestible energy levels decrease. During laboratory analysis, ADF is the residue remaining after boiling a forage sample in acid detergent solution. ADF is often used to calculate digestibility, total digestible nutrients (TDN) and/or net energy for lactation (NEl).

    Sounds like it is simply telling you that your BP contains 25% of the least digestible portion of a sugar beet....not a toxic chemical bent on killing your horse, thank goodness.
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    Whew! I was having visions of my poor poisioned Mr. Fuzzybritches foaming at the mouth and death-rattling. Thank you for the Google search!



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    Quote Originally Posted by gallopingmouse View Post
    Whew! I was having visions of my poor poisioned Mr. Fuzzybritches foaming at the mouth and death-rattling. Thank you for the Google search!
    Glad we cleared THAT up!


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    The hay your horse eats has Acid Detergent Fiber in it as well. If you ever have a hay analysis done, it will most likely give you the ADF percentage in that analysis. It is the portion of hay (or beet pulp in your case) that your horse's body can't utilize and must expel thru manure.
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