Sacate Pellet Mills prides ourselves on not only a variety of feeds to cover the nutritional needs of just about any horse, but also high quality feeds that our customers can put their complete trust in. One of the ways we do that is by utilizing local hay in our pelleting process. By using local ingredients, we’re supporting hay farmers in our community, but there are also a number of advantages that you as a customer can appreciate no matter where your horses call home.
At Sacate Pellet Mills, we hold our feed to a high standard, and as a result, our suppliers must meet certain standards as well. Ensuring they’re meeting those standards requires not only testing the hay, but visiting and inspecting the fields to make sure the hay will be up to snuff. Buying from local hay farmers enables us to maintain good relationships with our suppliers and keep tabs on the quality of the ingredients that go into our feed.
Also important is how fresh the hay is when we start to process it. Old hay loses nutritional value over time, so it would hurt the quality if it were to sit for long periods of time in the field, in hay barns, or on trucks to be brought to us. We do add supplements to our hay to achieve the guaranteed nutritional content, but it’s better for all of us if more of that nutrition comes from the hay than from the additives. Buying local minimizes the time the bales sit, and makes the hay that goes into your horse’s feed fresher.
As we’ve already mentioned, local hay sits for less time and will need fewer additives to make up the guaranteed nutritional content, which isn’t just about feeling good that your horse is getting a more natural meal: It saves money. Working with local farmers at local prices cuts costs as well, minimizing the time, fuel, and man hours that it takes to transport hay long distances. And any money we save at the manufacturing level can be passed on to you, the customer.
Even if you don’t live in Arizona, you can support local farmers and businesses through us. By buying local ingredients, we’re supporting our local farming community. For more information about our pelleted feeds or how we choose the ingredients we use, contact Sacate Pellet Mills today.