Level Grow Cubes
Saracen Horse Feeds
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Level Grow Cubes is a low-glycemic index feed for broodmares and young foals, ideal for supporting steady growth rates and appropriate physical condition. Available in summer version “Summer” and winter version “Winter”.
One pallet corresponds to 40 bags for feeds and 30 bags for forages.
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Level Grow Cubes is a feed with a reduced glycemic index, perfect for broodmares and growing foals, optimal for promoting uniform development and proper health.
Purchasable in summer version “Summer” and winter version “Winter”.
- Soybean shells
- Soy flour
- Sunflower seed meal
- Soybean oil
- Whole flaxseed
- Maerl (calcareous seaweed)
- Calcium carbonate
- Sodium chloride
- Dicalcium phosphate
- Vitamins and minerals
Research studies have shown a close relationship between the glycemic nature of feed and the incidence on skeletal disorders, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) in young foals. High glycemic index feeds are those that produce a higher glycemic response in the blood after a meal; an example of such foods are cereals and molasses. It appears that normal bone formation processes in young horses are impaired by elevated post-feeding blood insulin concentrations following consumption of a diet too high in starches and sugars.
Because of smaller pastures and higher athletic expectations, modern foals are often fed concentrated feeds rich in starch and sugar. It is not glucose per se that causes problems as much as the resulting insulin that can affect chondrocyte maturation, leading to altered matrix metabolism and improper mineralization of bone. OCD injuries occur in the articular cartilage, which is the cartilage at the end of the bones that protects the joints. The skeleton originates as cartilage, and so if there is a problem in the maturation of that cartilage, this can set the stage for the onset of injury. Not all young horses are affected, but some are more sensitive to high glucose and insulin levels than others. In a study conducted by Kentucky Equine Research in 2001, an elevated glucose and insulin response to a concentrated meal was associated with a higher incidence of obsessive compulsive disorder. The glycemic responses measured in the weaned foals in this study were closely correlated with the glycemic index of the feed; body weight and condition of the weaned foal and mare were also considered possible factors. Based on these results, it would be prudent to give foals concentrates that produce a low glycemic response 2-4 hours after feeding.
There are believed to be four basic causes of obsessive compulsive disorder, and affected horses usually have a combination of these factors:
- Genetic predisposition
- Rapid growth
- Food and the environment
- Trauma and the role of exercise and overload
Level-Grow™ contains carefully selected ingredients such as alfalfa, soybean husks and sugar beet (“Super Fibers”) that produce minimal glycemic response after digestion. Using this research innovation, high levels of soluble carbohydrates have been replaced by fats and “Super Fibers” as alternative energy sources. After weaning Level-Grow™ can be the sole source of concentrated feed fed to foals to accompany them through their senior year (and beyond) and until growth rates begin to stabilize.
Because horses’ glycemic response can be affected by the way their feed is formulated, using oil and fiber to produce energy instead of starches and sugars makes Level-Grow™ a “softer” and more tolerated feed. Later foals can cope with feeding without compromising the health of an unripened skeleton, and mares that tend to endure too many issues during gestation respond well when kept on Level-Grow™. The higher level of fiber is suitable for larger mares that tend to become too heavy during pregnancy, making it easier to control body weight, particularly near parturition. The lower levels of grain and higher levels of fiber make this product be useful for foals being prepared for sale. Because of its composition, it helps keep some fillies “lighter” and slows down conditioning some foals that might become too “staid.”
Stamm 30® is included in Level-Grow™ formulations for nutrient continuity. Therefore, BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex) is also contained within this feed, which, as research has shown, supports digestive health and hind gut stability by maintaining the correct pH for optimal efficiency of the gut and, in general, the gastrointestinal tract. Recent research studies conducted by KER have demonstrated the positive effects BMC® has on bone density and capacity as a buffer in the stomach and posterior intestines. The new source of calcium in BMC® can maximize bone density and, consequently, skeletal strength and maintenance.
- Low glycemic index feed
- BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex) good for gastric health and bone growth
- Chelated minerals for better absorption
- Vistacell Live Yeast for enhanced digestibility and nutrient assimilation
- Natural vitamin E for enhanced antioxidant support
- Feed for young foals
- Maintenance of weaned foals from 1 year old, up to 2/3 years of age
- Premature foals, so as not to impair skeletal development
- Older mares, particularly those that can become quite heavy during pregnancy
Digestible energy 12.3 MJ
Copper 50 mg/kg
Zinc 160 mg/kg
Vitamin A 14,000 ui/kg
Vitamin D 1,400 IU/kg
Vitamin E 280 ui/kg
Natural Vitamin E 70 ui/kg
Vitamin C 200 mg/kg
- Mares 800 g – 1.0 kg before parturition, 1.2 – 1.4 kg during peak lactation per 100 kg body weight – Daily Dose
- Foals 800 g – 1.2 kg depending on growth stage and season per 100 kg body weight – Daily dose
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100% natural ingredients are consumable and retain their nutritional properties beyond the alert date indicated on the package
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