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DONKEY DIET

SPECIFIC NUTRITION FOR DONKEYS

SUITABLE FOR

  • The nutritional management of all donkeys
  • Older donkeys, working or lactating donkeys, and those that are difficult to keep condition on

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Specifically designed nutrition for donkeys
  • Low energy feed
  • High in digestible fibre providing a safe source of calories
  • Can be soaked into a soft and palatable mash for donkeys with poor dentition
  • Fortified with vitamins, minerals and trace elements

A specific, cereal free diet for donkeys, designed to be low in energy and protein but high in fibre. The ration is fully fortified to optimise body condition and health without providing excessive nutrients that can be detrimental to donkeys.

Donkeys have evolved to survive in some of the harshest environments. They are adapted to marginal desert lands where they browsed large plains that were devoid of lush vegetation. They survived on a diet that was highly fibrous and consisted of low quality roughages. Their digestive systems are highly efficient at digesting these fibrous feeds, absorbing and utilizing the available nutrients.

Donkeys have much lower energy and nutrient requirements compared to horses and ponies. Normal healthy donkeys will do perfectly well on forage alone; however there may be specific instances where supplementary feeding is necessary. Traditionally, donkeys have been fed diets that are formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of adult horses and ponies. Typically, for the majority of donkeys, this leads to a high intake of energy and protein, leading to weight gain, obesity and, in serious cases,the onset of laminitis.

Saracen Horse Feeds have combined their expertise with the UK's leading care provider for donkeys to formulate a specific diet intended for donkeys who require supplementary feeding. In the case of older donkeys, donkeys that are working or lactating or for those who are difficult to keep condition on, Donkey Diet will help to ensure that they remain in good body condition.

Donkey Diet is based on digestible fibre sources to provide a source of 'safer' calories rather than using cereals and starch. Donkey Diet contains quality protein sources for optimum cell, tissue and muscle repair, whilst a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals helps to support metabolic systems and healthy hoof and coat. The high-fibre and low-energy formulation makes Donkey Diet suitable to be fed to donkeys that are prone to laminitis or metabolic syndrome.

Older donkeys with poor teeth may find chewing long fibre sources, such as hay, more difficult. Donkey Diet can be soaked into a soft and palatable mash, which can help to maintain fibre intake and ensure healthy digestive function.

Donkey Diet is not designed to replace 100% of the donkey's forage requirement, and short chopped forage sources should be fed in conjunction with Donkey Diet.

Oil 3.5%
Protein 9.5%
Fibre 20.5%
Digestible Energy 10.0 MJ/kg
Starch 11.9%
Vitamin A 11,500 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 1,150 IU/kg
Vitamin E 140 IU/kg
Selenium 0.60 mg/kg

INGREDIENTS

  • Oatfeed
  • Wheatfeed
  • Sunflower Extract
  • Molasses
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Full Fat Soya
  • Salt
  • Full Fat Linseed Meal
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Dicalcium Phosphate
  • Herbal Mint Garlic Mix
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Donkeys should eat 1.5% of their bodyweight as total dry matter for maintenance (forage and concentrate). At least 75% of this total ration should consist of a clean forage source.

THESE FEEDING RATES ARE INTENDED AS A GUIDE ONLY

BODYWEIGHT/KG FEED/KG
150Kg-200kg 0.5-0.75kg per day
> 200kg 1.0-1.5 kg per day

e.g. a 200kg donkey would be fed 2.25kg forage and 0.75kg Donkey Diet

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0 #1 julie Taylor-Smith 2013-09-10 08:08
I fed donkey diet last winter for the first time and both my donkeys came out the winter looking great and as a bonus they love the taste as they come cantering across the field when they see me coming :) I would thoroughly recommend Donkey Diet to anyone with donkeys.
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Every bag of Saracen feed is manufactured in a UFAS accredited mill, and undergoes strictly documented quality control procedures. A comprehensive system is in place to ensure the consistency and quality of all products manufactured by Saracen Horse Feeds for equine use.

Saracen Horse Feeds joined the new code of practice for feed manufacturers that the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) put in place on 1st October 2009. The Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS), Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS) Code has been developed by BETA in response to the increased incidence of positive dope tests in racehorses. The NOPS scheme, whilst not a guarantee, is a risk-assessment based approach to reducing the chance of feed being contaminated with naturally occurring prohibited substances, such as morphine, for example.

Both the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF) have endorsed the BETA NOPS Code, which is now incorporated into our UFAS annual audit. As an approved member of the new code, we use the logo like a kite mark, a sign of reassurance to owners and trainers of the stringent quality management procedures that have been undertaken during every step of the sourcing, storage, transport and manufacturing processes for each product.

Saracen operate a strict bonding policy as part of its manufacturing process for our racing range of products (clearly marked on our packaging with a "bonded" symbol). These products are bonded and kept in isolation in a designated quarantine area at our main site in Aylesford prior to release for sale. To clear our bonding process, aggregate samples from each batch are submitted to the Horse Racing Forensic Laboratory (HFL) in Newmarket.

HFL Sports Science has been testing commercially prepared feed for the horseracing industry for over 20 years. They offer a screening service designed to assist feed manufacturers in their quality control process. Analysis is performed to high international standards (ISO 17025) using state of the art mass spectrometric detection systems, capable of detecting contaminants at very low levels (ng/g). The product is only released for sale on receipt of a certificate from the HFL stating that with regards to caffeine & theobromine "None were found".