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#1 Wild Rose

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:38 PM

OK, I bought a new bag of beet pulp about a week ago. When I first dumped it into my big container, it seemed fine. When I went to feed the first amount and opened the container, it had (what I thought) was a moldy smell.

Since that first day, the smell is almost not there...in that I have to really sniff it up close to detect anything like a moldy smell.

I was reading on a website about mold on hay and there was something about mold on beet pulp. It said beet pulp "naturally has a slight moldy or earthy smell", but if it is strong to not feed it.

So, do any of you that use beet pulp think yours smells moldy, or is that just it's normal smell. This is the first bag in a long time that has no molasses. I have never noticed the "moldy" smell before.

Should I just get some new stuff? I think to be safe I should, I don't know. The horses have been eating it well for about a week, and have had no ill effects.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

I think if it was me...if it's moldy I would pitch it.

 

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:38 AM

I know, that's what I'm thinking. This morning when I opened the container to scoop some out, I had to bring some right up to my nose and I didn't detect a definite moldy smell. It smelled just fine.

I had fluffed it up a lot yesterday and dust rose. But then, beet pulp will do that if you really fluff it up.

I think I'll stop at the feed store today and see if I can smell another bag of it. I will, of course, buy the bag that is opened, if it smells OK. I'll bring a baggy of this stuff for them to smell, too.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:25 PM

I always say....when in doubt, throw it out....whether people food or animal food. It's not worth the consequences! :confused0024: I'm sure the feed store where you bought it would exchange it or give you your money back.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

I always thought that non molasses BP smelled funny. Somewhere between dirt and mold, but I don't remember smelling anything like mold after soaking it. I haven't fed it in several years though, horse I have now turns up his nose lol. I think that having the feed store check it is a good plan.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:28 AM

I had the feed store smell it, and everyone there thought it smelled fine....like beet pulp. Of course, the baggy full was a small amount compared the big plastic tote I keep it in. I even tasted it myself...took a few pieces and chewed them up. It doesn't taste like anything moldy. It tastes a bit like bran muffins.

I decided to keep it. I bought a new plastic tote and dumped all the beet pulp into it. I cleaned the area underneath the tub where I keep it in the garage, too. I wondered if it was the tub itself that had a smell or the area on the floor.

It still smells a little odd to me, but I think it's OK. I could be used to the molasses kind, since that's all I could get for such a long time.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:17 AM

Molasses free beet pulp has a distinctly different smell. I think I know what you're talking about WR. I feed my horses molasses free as well and it definitely smells different than the sweetened. :smilie:

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:42 AM

I don't have any molasses beet pulp on hand to compare right now, but I am going to agree with you, spanish. I think I was just so used to the smell of the molasses kind.

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