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
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
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