Sunday, August 22, 2010

Keeping Pace

Over the last year, Pace Kneece of Aiken County Farm Supply has added a new option to the array of horse feeds available in the area. This option is Keep Pace, a proprietary feed, mixed and bagged at Orangeburg Milling Company. Keep Pace is a beet-pulp-based, high fat, low starch pellet originally designed for horses that have metabolic issues. The feed, which does not contain grain or sugars, has been selling at Aiken County Farm Supply since last December, and has a growing local following.

“It’s simple, but it’s good,” says Pace, explaining that the feed was formulated with the help of Amy DoBranski, a local equine dentist and feed consultant. Concentrates that do not contain grain are becoming popular, both for horses that have issues with grain, such as horses that have foundered, and for horses without such problems.  Keep Pace includes alfalfa meal, soybean hulls and wheat middlings, as well as a liberal dose of flaxseed meal and stabilized rice bran to provide Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. The feed even includes brewer’s yeast, kelp and peppermint.

“It’s a well-priced feed,” says Pace. “And it seems to be catching on. We’ve sold over 240 tons of it just this first year.”

Keep Pace is sold at Aiken County Farm Supply, and will soon be available at various locations around South Carolina and Georgia, including Camden, Charleston and Beaufort, S.C. and Grovetown, Atkinson and Sylvania, Ga.

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