Compared to pet-food recalls, horse feed recalls are unusual. But, as of March 3, Western Feeds, LLC in Nebraska, is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Kountry Buffet 14% feed as it may accidentally contain monensin sodium or Rumensin. This medication is approved for some livestock and for poultry as a growth promotant but can be fatal to horses.
The recalled products have lot numbers M718430 and M720280. This feed is in 50 lb bags and carries the Payback logo with the tag identifying it as Kountry Buffet 14%. The numbers can be found at the bottom of the tag, right below the Feeding Directions.?
According to the FDA report, Bags from these lots were distributed from December 2 through December 15, 2011, primarily to retailers in Nebraska and Wyoming.
Reports of dead horses filtered into Western Feed. Private tests revealed the potentially harmful level of monensin sodium in these lots. More testing is being conducted, but if you have this feed, stop using it immediately.
The amount for monensin consumed will influence the signs shown by horses who ate this grain. Small amounts show up as loss of appetite and mild colic symptoms. Larger amounts lead to full blown colic, sweating, decreased coordination and eventually being unable to stand. Affected horses may appear stiff and sweat profusely. Cardiac damage may also occur.
Consumers who have purchased this product should call Western Feed LLC at 308-247-2601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Mountain Time
Report from Dr. Deb Eldredge, Horse Journal Contributing Veterinary Editor