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  • Calf Manna

    Anyone use Calf Manna? What do you use it for?

  • #2
    We used to feed it to the older, ribby TBs who were hard keepers. I haven't looked at the nutritional profile in ages, but in this day and age I'd wager you could find products very similar (lots of protein, IIRC) geared specifically to horses. I'm talking late 1970s/early 1980s when I recall seeing this at the track and barns where I worked/rode.
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    • #3
      My vet just recommmended either Calf Manna or Blue Seal's Sunshine Plus to increase the protein into my older guy, who is actually a pretty easy keeper and gets very little grain. We ran a total protein on him this week and and it was a bit lower than it was when we did a blood panel in April.

      I checked the prices locally for both and the Sunshine + was about $5 cheaper per 50 lb bag so I opted for the Sunshine +.

      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


      • #4
        In this day and age, I would probably choose a "made for horses" product over a "made for cows" product every time, due to the additives they put in cattle feed, like monensin.
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        • #5
          Calf Manna was a staple in breeding farms growing up. Plus you'd find that ubiquitous box for hard keepers across the board...

          Today I use Sunshine Pellets, which are the Blue Seal version. For years, before there 'was' ration balancers, I used Sunshine pellets starting in the 8th/9th month of gestation, until we were up to about 2lbs/day at foaling, continuing that through lactation.

          I switched to fancy horse ration balancers, am now back to whole oats, alfalfa pellets, beepn'oil, Vit/min for my area, and... Sunshine pellets for those who need 'extra.'

          Both products use Anise as an enticement for picky eaters or those off their feed. I find it works. Better than anything else I've tried.

          Yes, you still have to balance out a few vits/mins depending on your grass... but for a 'finishing' feed, I guess I'm old fashioned. I think it does just fine.
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          • #6
            My weanling was a rescue, off of a starving mare at 4 months old. She was very picky and refused any milk pellet products, and my vet recommended Calf Manna.

            She Loved it! It has fenugreek and anise which many horses love. It has whey protein and yeast, in addition to vitamins and minerals. It was not designed solely as a "cow feed" but rather an all round supplement. I know many in the racing industry that use it.

            It really helped my filly bloom. Once she got to a healthy weight (and she got older), I switched to a ration balancer with a pound of oats a day.

            Here are the ingredients:

            Soybean Meal, Corn, Hominy Feed, Feeding Oatmeal, Dried Whey, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, LinseedMeal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Vegetable Oil, Fenugreek Seed, Anise Oil, Minerals and Vitamins;
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            • #7
              Originally posted by deltawave View Post
              In this day and age, I would probably choose a "made for horses" product over a "made for cows" product every time, due to the additives they put in cattle feed, like monensin.
              Calf Manna can be fed to any species, feeding rates are on the bag. Any feed containing either a non-protein nitrogen source or antibiotic must be labeled as such on the feed tag. I feed a local mill's 14% calf feed (non-medicated) to almost all of my horses, along with plain corn in the winter. The only thing I add to it is yeast, and Calf Manna for weanlings/yearlings. They're doing just as well if not better on "cow feed" as they have on any "horse feed", name brand or otherwise. Don't knock it 'til you try it!


              • #8
                Good to know. As I said, I HAVE tried it 25+ years ago, but haven't used it or looked at a bag in ages.
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                • #9
                  The Purina version is called Animax. I was told it has slightly higher milk proteins in it.


                  • #10
                    I used it on a donkey who had lost the ability to use her upper lip. We fed her 60cc syringes of the stuff for 8 yrs and she did fine, considering.


                    • #11
                      Yes, Calf Manna/Animax (I've used both) is basically a protein supplement for all species of livestock. They have feeding instructions on the bag for rabbits, hogs, horses, cows, etc. I've used it for broodmares druing the 3rd trimester, creep feeding suckling foals and feeding weanling foals (not just the calf manna, of course, but a total diet of pasture, grass hay, alfalfa cubes and purina strategy, amounts adjusted for that animal).


                      • #12
                        Calf Manna is for all species and indicates so in the label.

                        We used Calf Manna when we supplemented foals and at weaning.

                        Cattle grain mixtures have a warning on the label "NOT FOR HORSES".
                        It is important not to take chances by using those, as the mill that produces those may not have a protocol to insure no cattle ionophores, Rumensin or Bovatec, residues are left in the mixing bins.

                        If even a very small spec of those escapes cleaning and gets into the next batch of supposedly clean cattle feed, if a horse gets it, it may well kill it.

                        Most top feed mills today have separate bins for horse feeds because of that danger and so are sometimes a little less than careful in their cattle mixes.

                        Don't feed any products labeled ONLY for cattle to horses, period.


                        • #13
                          I tried Calf Manna on my finicky TB broodmare this summer when she was having a hard time keeping her weight & wasn't terribly interested in her meals (and she gets Alfalfa pellets, Rice Bran, ect.) - it WORKED! I was quite skeptical, but figured I'd give it a try, and was happy to see her not only clean up her meal, but within a week there was a noticeable difference in her weight - so I'd say give it a try if all the other parts aren't working


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by shakeytails View Post
                            Calf Manna can be fed to any species, feeding rates are on the bag. Any feed containing either a non-protein nitrogen source or antibiotic must be labeled as such on the feed tag. I feed a local mill's 14% calf feed (non-medicated) to almost all of my horses, along with plain corn in the winter. The only thing I add to it is yeast, and Calf Manna for weanlings/yearlings. They're doing just as well if not better on "cow feed" as they have on any "horse feed", name brand or otherwise. Don't knock it 'til you try it!
                            Good products, I have used it. Not for sheep though, too much copper. When I raised pygmy goats I fed it to them and the horses.

                            I have stream lined my feed program since then and the last pygmy goat died this past summer. I would feed it if I needed to.


                            • #15
                              Great product. Used it 25 years ago, and now use it again, with equally good results.


                              • #16
                                I gave animax to my pregnant mare about the last 5 months of her pregnancy and her little filly came out strong and healthy!
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                                • #17
                                  Sunshine Pellets?

                                  I have used Calf Manna before for an old horse successfully years ago.

                                  What are these Sunshine Pellets?

                                  Brand, etc. I searched online but got nothing.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by vickienme View Post
                                    I have used Calf Manna before for an old horse successfully years ago.

                                    What are these Sunshine Pellets?

                                    Brand, etc. I searched online but got nothing.

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                                    • #19
                                      I've used it too. Love the smell - a kinda anise/black licorice smell, if I remember right. Very palatable. Helped my easy-keeper-turned-hard-keeper maintain weight thoroughout the winter, with the addition of Cool Calories.
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                                      • #20
                                        I used to use it to fatten up the skinnies and/or elderlies. It's still sold, but has gone up considerably in price, and fortunately all my skinnies and oldies are now fatties. I imagine the only qualm I'd have with it now is its high starch and sugar content. After dealing with an IR horse, that's always on my mind.
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