There can’t be many feed manufacturers with as genuine an involvement in the market place as Baileys. With a Managing Director who runs his own Thoroughbred stud at one end of the spectrum and connections to breeders of Champion Native ponies at the other, we understand the challenges breeders face because we experience them ourselves!
Which is why we’re so passionate about the feeds we produce and the support we continue to give to breeders; with a team of Nutritionists who have regular hands-on access to breeding stock, at all stages of production, you can trust them to know what they’re talking about.
And that’s not the only support we give to British breeders; through our ongoing sponsorship of the British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations, we’re investing in sport horses for the future as this invaluable programme assesses performance potential in youngsters, from foals to three-year-olds, and offers advice on management and nutrition from top flight vets and our own Nutrition team.
“We’re fortunate to have worked with leading studs over the past 25 years, developing feeding programmes that work. It’s very satisfying watching the great-grandchildren of the mares we started with racing - and winning!”
Liz Bulbrook BSc (Hons), Director of Nutrition
Feeds from less reputable manufacturers may contain fewer, and less available, nutrients per kilo so your horses either miss out or you feed more and negate the savings. Times may be tough but, at Baileys, we’re not prepared to compromise on the quality of our feeds so we’ll not waiver on the quality of the ingredients, nor the care with which they are prepared. No matter how hard you try, you’ll not make a good quality feed out of poor ingredients.
Through our unique “working partnership” with Progressive Nutrition, Iowa, USA, we have access to up-to-the-minute nutritional research which we constantly review for relevant developments. Our formulations can then be kept up to date and the nutritional support behind them, in touch with the latest findings. Ingredients, like chelated minerals, organic selenium and probiotic yeast are natural additives and backed by extensive research into their efficacy.
Micronising may be a widely used cooking technique but there’s an art to making the most of modern technology and, at Baileys, we constantly monitor the process to ensure maximum digestibility. Cooking cereals in this way means they are more likely to be digested in the foregut so the risk of undigested starch reaching the hindgut and causing problems is minimised.
With our constant investment in production technology, we are not only able to ensure the quality and consistency of our feeds but also to consistently improve cost and efficiencies thus reducing our impact on the environment. Our mill is UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme) accredited and, as such, is inspected annually to confirm our compliance with strict quality and production procedures. Our feeds are also monitored for the presence of specified naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) as defined by the rules of racing and the FEI.
Our partnership with Progressive Nutrition in the USA gives us access to their nutritional research and we also undertake individual trials with Colleges, or other establishments, and attend industry conferences worldwide. Not only does this allow us to review our formulations in line with any new findings but ensures that our Nutrition and Sales Teams are also kept up to date with the latest thinking so that they can help you apply it in practice.
Baileys are unique in having a hands-on involvement in the production of quality breeding and youngstock. This ensures every member of the Nutrition team has an “eye” for a well-grown youngster and fully understands the practicalities involved in producing for the sales or show ring. They are also used to working with customers to help find a realistic way to apply optimal nutritional principles, whatever the management regime or budget.
Advice & Support
Our Nutrition team are available via telephone, email or complimentary personal visit, at your convenience.
Forage & Pasture Analysis
Knowing the nutrient profile of your grazing and forage will help you tailor your feeding programme to ensure your horses receive optimum nutrition.