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CRF introduces new equine nutrition guide

TFC Communications 7/10/2009


Cooperative Research Farms’ new equine nutrition guide, available from Co-op’s Web site at, features helpful information for horse owners.
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Horse owners who rely on Co-op feeds already know from firsthand experience that they are quality, nutritionally sound products, but they can now learn more about the science behind those feed formulations with a new, comprehensive guide compiled by Cooperative Research Farms (CRF).

Released last month, CRF’s “Equine: Better Nutrition for a Better Horse” publication is a 20-page guide filled with detailed, scientific information about horse care and maintenance and includes reports from the latest feeding trials representing the type of innovative research that goes into every bag of Co-op feed. CRF studies form the foundation for the livestock and horse feeds formulated and manufactured by Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, which has been a member of CRF since 1965.

Research of the magnitude needed to be statistically valid is inherently expensive, and TFC’s membership in CRF allows the cooperative to join forces with other feed manufacturers to share those expenses. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., CRF is owned by TFC and seven other feed-manufacturing organizations in the U.S., Canada, France, and the Netherlands.

The new CRF guide shows the company’s long-range commitment to equine research, focusing on the development of feeds and nutritional supplements that address both the companion horse owner and the professional horse industry. The guide gives horse owners a behind-the-scenes look at some of this research and provides useful information about horse digestive physiology, nutrition, diseases, reproduction, and much more.

Included in the publication’s contents are:

  • An equine feeding guide that offers 15 tips for providing horses with the best nutrition possible.
  • Tables outlining suggested feeding amounts for horses at different life stages and activity levels.
  • A handy Body Condition Scoring system to help owners evaluate their horse’s appearance.
  • Decriptions of some of the most common equine diseases and guidelines on how to spot symptoms.
  • Reports from five different feeding trials recently conducted by the CRF equine research team.

CRF’s equine nutrition guide can be downloaded from Co-op’s Web site at From the “Our Divisions” drop-down menu, choose “Animal Nutrition.” For more information on CRF and its research, visit online at To learn more about Co-op’s line of horse feeds, talk with the equine professionals at your local Co-op.

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