Animals are creatures who cannot express what kind of food they want or is healthy for them, so it is of utmost importance that you take care of it and the feed of the animals you choose be high on nutrition. Food is the most important criteria for animals and if that’s not right then health issue would rise from time to time which is not good at all. So, depending upon the nutritional needs of animals choose the animal feed. Now, there are different needs of different animals be it horse, dog, chicken, duck, cow, goat, etc and these needs are based on the age of the animals.
For example the feed requirement of a calf and a cow or lamb and a goat would definitely differ, even the nutritional requirement for male and female animals is different. During Freezing weather it becomes all the more important to take care of the food and eating habits of the animals. You can search online to fine many publications on the animal food requirements. For animal nutrient content of feeds like Bermuda Hay, Cracked corn, kernel corn, Soy hulls etc, you simply have to send the samples for analysis to the Department of agriculture commercial animal feed and pet food program. For animal foods like sweet feed, dog food, corn gluten pellets etc, the bag itself has the nutrient value tables on it.
There are various types and quality of animal feeds available in the market like roughages, silage, hays, stover, root crops, pasture grasses, etc. There are these concentrates also which are a very high energy value. Animal feeds consists of cereal grains, barley, wheat, oats, etc. as well as high protein meals like soy bean, cottonseed, groundnut and likes as well as products like sugarcane and sugar beets that are processed by products.
Cereal grains as animal feed – The cereal grains are used as animal feed in the whole form or the ground form. Some feed them singly while some mix them with animals feeds that are high in protein or feeds with vitamins and minerals. Mostly these meals are suitable for poultry and pigs and act as supplementary feed for animals like horses.
High protein meals as animal feed – These are meals that are made out for the residue of the vegetable seeds like soybeans, canola, cottonseed, coconut and likes. But care has to be taken while processing some of the vegetable seeds like cottonseed. These seeds come along with a woody cover which has to be removed other wise the domino effect of the same is the resulting byproduct is very high on fibre and less on the required protein content.
So, whenever you select animal foods for your cattle or animals or pets do consider their nutrient requirements and then choose the apt feed for healthy and disease free animals year round.