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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Laminitis Product Receives Award from Queen of England

Not too long ago, people would call here and ask, “Is there anything I can safely feed my foundered horse?”

Now they call and ask, “Which one should I feed?”

The feed industry responded to the needs of foundered horses in a big way in the past few years, and things in the barn have changed, that’s for sure.

One of the things that has changed is the regimen for soaking beet pulp, a high-fiber replacement for cereal grains. You'd put it in a tub in the morning, and come home at night to a stringy seaweedy substance that horses can somehow chew (if they would eat it all ).

A British company, l’Anson Brothers of Yorkshire, figured out a way to bag and sell pre-soaked pulp, and “Speedi-Beet” is now sold around the world. Horse owners think it’s a great idea (and time/mess saver).

So does HRH, The Queen, who has just given l’Anson Brothers the 2008 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

The patented process used to produce Speedi-Beet was developed by I’Anson Brothers and turns sugar beet into a convenient quick-soak flake, which can absorb up to five times its weight of water in under 10 minutes

Speedi-Beet is the only sugar beet feed to be awarded the seal of approval by the Laminitis Trust, thanks to its low starch and high fibre content.

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