How Long Can I Store Horse Feed?
Q: My local feed store is having a major sale on the brand of feed I use, and I’d like to stock up. But how long can I store bagged feed? —Laura, via e-mail
A: The cost of feeding horses is often one of the largest expenses associated with horse ownership, so a sale is always appreciated and tempting! You’re right, though, to be cautious, because sack feed does not last forever and the nutrient content deteriorates over time. This is particularly true of vitamins and fat, both of which are sensitive to heat and oxidation.
How long stored feed will last depends on the type of feed that you buy. For example, whole oats could last a year or more versus a high-fat textured feed that might start to deteriorate in a month. Most feed companies recommend using all feed within three months of production, with textured feeds deteriorating more quickly than pellets. Production dates are often stamped on the bag seam and might appear as easily understandable dates or more unique date codes. For example 1002017 would be the 100th day of 2017, or April
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