The Meridian Feed Mill uses only the best quality ingredients available, teamed with a manufacturing process that ensures the high potency, purity, and consistency of our products.

We are dedicated to eliminating the dangers that the feed industry faces. We believe in disclosing these dangers so that you can ensure you are doing the best for the animals in your care!

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The main dangers we see in the feed industry are:

Urea Nitrogen

Urea nitrogen has been used in the bovine industry since World War II as a synthetic compound used to supplement common feeds and fertilizers. Urea is broken down by some animals, such as cows, in the rumen and converted to ammonia and other nutrients.

However, if ammonia escapes the rumen too rapidly, the capacity of the liver is exceeded and ammonia spills into the main blood system causing severe health issues. For some animals, such as horses or alpaca, this is an even more serious issue as they cannot manage excess urea and cross-contamination in their feeds can cause severe nitrogen toxicity, kidney failure or death. In 1973 urea was eliminated from all feed formulas in our mill.

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Antibiotics
MRSA bacteria, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a Gram-positive, round (coccus) bacterium. It is resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics. S. aureus is carried by around 30% of the population without causing any
symptoms. However, in vulnerable people, such as those that have recently had surgery, it can cause wound infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning. The spread of MRSA can be prevented by health workers washing their hands between patients

Antibiotics are used in many types of feed to treat disease, prevent disease and stimulate growth. While some antibiotics can be used for multiple species, some are species-specific and can be toxic to animals. For example, antibiotics used to treat Coccidiosis, a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract of poultry and swine, can be toxic to horses, llamas, and alpacas, especially recently domesticated species. We discontinued the use of all drugs and antibiotics in our feed mill in the early 90s.

Rendered Animal Meat and Bone Meal

Meat and bone meal with no stated animal source consists of multiple sources of protein derived from the processing of animal carcasses. This substance can include animals that are deceased from disease and even pets that have been euthanized. Rendered meat and bone meal has been used for decades as a cheap source of protein for poultry, swine, and even rabbit and cattle. Concerns over Mad Cow Disease, hoof and mouth disease, and other detrimental health conditions associated with meat and bone meal are not an issue for us because our mill contains NO animal by-products.

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Insecticides
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To prevent insect infestation, feed mills often treat their stored grain with highly toxic fumigants, which most commonly include methyl bromide, phosphine (also known as Phostoxin, “L-fume,” or aluminum phosphide) and mixtures of carbon tetrachloride and carbon disulfide. With a skull-and-crossbones symbol affixed on its label, fumigants often result in hazardous exposure to workers and to the grain itself. We eliminated fumigants from our mill in the 1980s.

Preservatives

In order to ensure shelf life, most feed mills use toxic preservatives such as ethoxiquin, BHA, BHT, and formaldehyde. The Meridian Mill uses only the natural preservatives Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Why has the Meridian Mill chosen to completely eliminate these elements from our mill entirely? Why not just be careful not to cross-contaminate? The answer lies in understanding industry standards for the feed milling process. All feeds are made in the same mixer and conveyed through the same augers. Then a “flush” is used between batches by running inert grain through the system to remove traces of the previous feed batch, but it is impossible to remove everything. The next batch could contain as much as 5% of the previous feed produced, even after the system is flushed. There is no way any mill can keep from cross-contaminating because of the very nature of the process and the ingredients. How do you eliminate risk? The only way for any mill to make certain that they aren’t cross-contaminating feeds is to remove all these harmful elements and replace them with high-end, safe alternatives. That is exactly what we have done in our mill.

Every time we hear about animal illness and death caused by feed manufacturing practices, we are heavy-hearted, not only for the animals but for the feed companies who made the mistake. Each feed recall serves as a reminder about why we go the extra mile and we use each one to tighten our practices. We are in a unique position because we are one of the few mills that focus on specialty feeds (horse, goats, alpaca, llama, etc,). We can, therefore, fulfill a conviction of providing the highest quality feeds available in order to improve the lives of your animals. We will never compromise that conviction.

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We have eliminated the use of these ingredients at our mill to produce the highest quality natural feeds.

Contact us today if you have any questions about our processing procedures!