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High quality alfalfa pellets - brands?

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  • High quality alfalfa pellets - brands?

    My local Agway is selling a brand of alfalfa pellets called Semican, and I'm new to alfalfa pellets but will be starting one horse on them soon (soaked - the horse in question can't chew well). I want to find a good product without fillers, etc. - and fresh as possible. If anyone knows whether the Semican brand is a high quality alfalfa pellet please share your thoughts!

    I'm near another place that sells Purina, and another that sells Alfa Green or Alfalfa Green (?). Is there a Southern States brand?

    I haven't seen any other brands here yet.
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

  • #2
    Standlee is without a doubt the best I have ever seen
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


    • #3
      Originally posted by mroades View Post
      Standlee is without a doubt the best I have ever seen
      I am feeding Standlee. Beautiful stuff.


      • Original Poster

        Strangely enough I can't seem to find Standlee around here, and we have a zillion feed places
        "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain


        • Original Poster

          BTW, I looked up the Standlee website and the pellets do look pure.

          Then I also looked at their timothy/alfalfa cubes and it says they contain Bentonite... ??? Wikipedia doesn't make it sound like something a horse should eat!

          "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain


          • #6
            Bentonite is clay, and is actually pretty good stuff

            Yes, SS has a-pellets, and IME they are good quality. But if there are different pelleting plants, quality may vary.

            Just look for something that is *just* alfalfa, maybe also with a some vegetable oil to control the little bit of dust.

            The last I looked, Purina had added ethoxyquin as a preservative But, they didn't have that for a while, so it's possible they have gone back. Just check the labels.
            The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


            • #7
              I was always very happy with Semican products when I could get them.

              Tractor Supply carries Standlee alfalfa pellets, I believe.

              Bentonite is just a pellet binder.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks all. I think I will start with the Semican from Agway.

                Re Tractor Supply and Standlee, none of them around here sell it, nor alfalfa pellets at all (just cubes).
                "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain


                • #9
                  I like the way the SS pellets go to mush in a short period of time, compared to the Standlee pellets.


                  • #10
                    That's my experience too with the SS pellets - they break down in water *very* quickly
                    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                    • #11
                      I love alfagreen. In our area, SS sells alfagreen as the "house brand"
                      "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

                      "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x


                      • #12
                        TSC carries Standlee, I really like it- no dust.


                        • #13
                          I feed the Standlee cubes... my horse loves them! I have used the pellets in the past as well, I just don't have the need or time to soak anymore. But I love their products!

                          Usually Tractor Supply will order it if they don't have it, I live in CA and I get Standlee at Tractor Supply, so they are able to get it!


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by Stacie View Post
                            I love alfagreen. In our area, SS sells alfagreen as the "house brand"
                            I just found out today that my local supplier carries this one (Alfagreen). I didn't realize it was Southern States. It's closer than the place that sells the Semican..... wonder if there's a reason to get one over the other? If not I'll just go to the closer place.
                            "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain