Beet pulp shreds are fibrous flakes from sugar beets after the sugar extraction process. It is dried to reduce the water content to approximately 9%. Sugar beet pulp fiber is low-cost, highly digestible, and an extremely palatable feed in a form that is considered less dusty than hay. Molasses can be added to shreds, called molasses shreds, to make it sweeter and more desirable to finicky, active, or older horses, and helps them keep their weight at an optimum level.
Midwest Agri offers plain shreds in bulk, and plain or molassed shreds in 40-pound bags. The 40-pound bags are more convenient to handle, making it a favorite at feed stores. The bags, shipped on pallets, allows a manageable package of feed for smaller ranches or farms that raise horses, cattle or other farm animals.
Sugar beet pulp allows animals to be on full feed and reduces the danger of bloating and digestive disturbance. For show animals, sugar beet pulp has a cooling effect and enhances the bloom of the coat for best appearance, and when soaked in water, it provides succulence in the ration and adds water to the diet. Sugar beet pulp provides a variety in feed rations, firms stools for cleaner pen operation, and allows for increased feed intake.
Sugar beet pulp shreds can easily be stacked and stored. Changes in temperature are not harmful if reasonably dry conditions are maintained. Roaches and weevils will not attack sugar beet pulp shreds nor is it susceptible to rodent damage. When kept dry, sugar beet pulp shreds can be stored over a year.