We have always prided ourselves in carrying only the highest quality feeds available. There are hundreds feed manufacturers around the country from small mom and pop operations all the way up to the well-known name brands with seemingly unlimited advertising budgets. For us to carry it, however, it’s got to be made fresh, with the highest quality local ingredients available, by a company who sticks to moral business practices, and who’s first concern is the animals consuming their feed.
We stock feed from three different feed mills; Ful-O-Pep Feeds (Conventional Feed), Texas Natural Feeds (Non-soy, Non-GMO feed), and Coyote Creek Organic Feeds (Certified Organic Feed). No one feed is “best” for everyone, and if there were, that would be the only feed on the market. We choose to carry feed from each of the markets in order to give you the opportunity to choose what suits your needs best. We have our opinions, but you know what they say about opinions, everyone’s got one. Come on by and discuss it with us. We’ll try to nail down your concerns and figure out which will work best for you. That being said, the old adage “you are what you eat” holds a lot of truth in it. Residues of everything your animal eats are contained in their meat and, in the case of birds, their eggs. So if you don’t want to eat it, don’t feed it you the animal producing food for you.
Ful-O-Pep Feeds (Conventional feed)
We stock a full line of feed from Ful-O-Pep, made in Cuero, Texas. For over 25 years the Ful-O-Pep brand has been providing quality horse, cattle, deer, goat, sheep, swine, poultry, wild bird and pet feed to Texans. Their family-owned mills, located in San Antonio and Cuero, Texas, produce conventional feeds with quality ingredients designed to meet your animals’ nutritional requirements. Integrity and quality, better feed at fair prices produced by Texans for Texans.
Texas Natural Feeds (Non-Soy, Non-GMO feed)
Texas Natural Feeds are made in Waco, Texas and we carry their full selection of feed. They produce some of the finest quality Non-Soy, Non-GMO feed available on the market. Their line of Non-Soy, Non-GMO Feed uses peanut meal, sorghum grain, oats, brewer’s yeast, fishmeal, probiotics, diatomaceous earth and a vitamin / mineral premix. Texas Natural Feeds has a 50% increase in vitamin content over standard commercially-grown feed. To insure their non-GMO standard, they have their feeds tested by an independent lab and tests show that it is one of the purest non-GMO feeds available on the market!
Coyote Creek Organic Feeds (Certified Organic feed)
Coyote Creek Organic Feed is made locally in Elgin, Texas and we sell their full line of certified organic products. Established in 2007, Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill is the first commercial organic feed mill in the state of Texas. Their organic feeds are made with certified organic ingredients, and meet the USDA’s national organic standards. They also inspect and test incoming grain to make sure that it meets their high standards. First of all, the certified organic ingredients they use are of the highest quality and nutritional value. Their feeds are milled fresh and specifically formulated for the nutritional needs of the animal to ensure optimum health, growth, and performance. Coyote Creek feeds are 100% certified organic which is the very best way to safeguard against GMOs and GMO contamination. Their ingredients are backed up by certification at every step along the way, from the seeds to the cropland, and even the trucks that transport the ingredients, to ensure that there is no contamination along the way.
What is the difference between Conventional, Non-GMO, and Certified Organic Feeds?
The main difference here is not necessarily what is in them, but what is not in them. Conventional feeds are made from grains produced using modern agricultural methods. Typically, but not always, employing the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (Grains) and chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. This allows the price to stay as low as possible. Non-GMO feeds are still produced conventionally, but contain no Genetically Modified Grains. This usually means that a much lower amount of herbicides are used since Non-GMO crops can’t withstand them and survive. Organic feeds must be produced from grains grown on a certified organic field (no chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers for at least the previous 3 years), they must contain no GMO grains, and they must be milled in a certified organic feed mill. This is why organic feed is more expensive, you are paying for higher costs of production by employing organic farming techniques and all the required government certifications which guarantee the absence of chemicals and GMO’s.
What are “GMO’s” and why should I be concerned about them?
GMO is short for Genetically Modified Organism. In agriculture, genetic modification is used to increase yields, to strengthen resistance to pests or disease, and to make them unaffected by common herbicides. There are many different reasons people object to the use of GMOs, from general principle to the risk of “genetic drift.” Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are created unnaturally by merging the DNA of plants, animals, viruses and bacteria. Certain crops have been genetically modified to resist the direct spray of herbicides and to produce a protein that repels insects. Of these genetically modified crops, soy is at the top of the list. According to the USDA over 90% of soy grown in the US is genetically modified. Because GMOs are relatively new, no one really knows what the long term effects will be. The “Non-GMO Project” reports that the use of chemical herbicides have increased 15 times since the introduction of GMOs. Practically speaking, crops which have been created specifically to be resistant to herbicides are more likely to have been sprayed by those same strong herbicides, meaning they will likely contain residues of them, which are then consumed by humans or by animals and then passed to humans. I don’t know about you, but a nice bowl of breakfast grains marinated in non-selective herbicide doesn’t sound very good for me.
Why do some people not want to consume or feed soy?
Not only is soy on the top of the GMO list, but there are other concerns as well. Soy contains phytochemicals called isoflavones. Studies have shown that isoflavones can mimic the body’s estrogens. This has potential problems for both men and women. In men, soy has been shown to lower testosterone levels. In women, soy can potentially throw off the body’s normal hormone levels which can create an assortment of problems.
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