I love Teff hay. It is great to feed to your insulin resistant, low starch/sugars, Cushings horses and I used it with Mama Tess as often as I could find it.
Yesterday, I saw that Standlee now has it in pellet form to answer all the requests for low sugar/starch feed. I’m so excited! (No affiliation, I wish!)
The truth is, I rarely feed just pellets. I use hay because it lasts longer and simulates closer to a natural food product for horses.
BUT, I do love having this Teff hay pellet option.
If you want to learn about Teff hay, click here and read a post I wrote a while back.
DO YOU HAVE A TRACTOR SUPPLY? OR CAN YOU GET STANDLEE PRODUCTS?
Standlee is who is making these pellets. I do like this company… they take great care in their processing. You won’t have leftover corn in the machines when you are milling teff, let’s say… They are conscious about clean sourcing.
I get my Standlee at Tractor Supply. That is where I found the Teff Pellets!
I was so shocked to see Teff pellets, I went to the Standlee site and got this information about these new pellets! And, if you google “Standlee coupons”, there is one for $3 off the Teff hay pellets right now. I got mine.
Here is the website where I found this information.
Teff’s origin is thought to be Ethiopia, where it emerged as a grain crop for human consumption sometime between 4000 B.C. and 1000 B.C. Teff in the USA is grown primarily as a forage crop for livestock, is adaptable and it can grow in various environments.
It is a fine stemmed, fast growing, high yielding, summer annual grass. But what really makes Teff Grass unique and exciting is its nutrient content. Teff is a “C4 Warm Season” grass with a moderate protein and calorie content, but with a low sugar/starch content.
Teff is an ideal forage and hay crop due to several factors –
- Palatability – Teff is fine stemmed, leafy and “soft” which is very palatable to horses.
- Low Sugar Solution – The high fiber, low sugar and starch content make this a rescue feed for horses suffering from many, and some debilitating, disease conditions.
- Anti-Nutritional Factors – Teff does not have the anti-nutritional compounds like nitrate toxicity and prussic acid that sometimes occur in other grasses (Ketema, 1997, Ketema, et al., 1993).
- Fast Growth – Under ideal growing temperatures and moisture, Teff germinates quickly and is ready for early harvest in 45 to 55 days after seeding.
- Wide Adaptation – Teff has the ability to thrive in moisture-stressed and waterlogged soils. In areas without irrigation, Teff can provide forage during times of drought.
- Versatility of Harvest – Although in most instances Teff forage is baled as dry hay, it can be grazed as well.
Teff Grass is a unique forage with many benefits for horses and their owners, along with those that grow it. Find a Store near you that offers Standlee Premium Teff Grass Pellets, for a consistent, high quality forage option! Give your local farm and ranch retail store a call to see if they’re carrying it or ask them to bring it into their inventory.
By Dr. Tania Cubitt
Standlee Nutritional Expert – Performance Horse Nutrition
HERE IS ANOTHER WEBSITE WITH TEFF HAY INFORMATION.
This site had additional information…
Good to know! Thank you.
It is helpful to CALL Standlee if you cannot find it locally. The TS stores in my area are really sketchy about what they stock and what they do not, and though will tell you that they can order the product you typically wait weeks and then get told oops sorry can’t get. So best strategy if you cannot find it locally is to actually phone (not email – no responses ever received to email except more promos) the company during the week and ask for the product to be sold in your area.
Unfortunately in Oregon where I (unfortunately) live with my EMS ponies, the few teff hay growers there were have converted to growing hemp due to the influence of outside corporate investors. Perhaps when the hemp crash comes (just like the corn for ethanol crash and before that the poplar saplings for paper pulp crash) we’ll get our hay back – teff or even quality, tested local grass hay.