The web browser you are using is out of date and no longer supported by this site. For the best TractorSupply.com experience, please consider updating your browser to the latest version.
Buy Online Pick Up in Store Now available - Tractor Supply Co.
Navigate to Shopping Cart
Cart Item Count
 
  • Left Arrow
    My Account
  • Left Arrow
    My Account
  • Make My Store

    Your nearest store doesn't match your preferred store. Do you want to change the nearest store as your preferred store?

    CONFIRM CLEAR INFO?

    Click "YES" to clear all the customer data, cart contents and start new shopping session.

    Your current shopping session will get automatically reset in seconds.
    If you are still active user then please click "NO"

    Changing your store affects your localized pricing. This includes the price of items you already have in your shopping cart. Are you sure you want to change your store?

    Your nearest store doesn't match your preferred store. Do you want to change the nearest store as your preferred store?


    • To Shop Online
    • To Check In-Store Availability

    click here
    We do not share this information with anyone. For details,please view our Privacy Policy
    X

    Please enable your microphone.

    X

    We Are Listening...

    Say something like...

    "Show me 4health dog food..."

    You will be taken automatically
    to your search results.

    X

    Your speech was not recognized

    Click the microphone in the search bar to try again, or start typing your search term.

    X

    We are searching now

    Your search results
    will display momentarily...

    Food Safety

    By Tracy Marsh

    The three greatest threats to a feed room are moisture, pests, and food degradation, says Cherry Hill, equine instructor and author of more than 30 books on horse training and care. But there are ways, she says, to protect your feed room from these threats. 

    Moisture

    From top to bottom, a dry feed room is a must. Not only do moist places attract insects and spoil feed, but they also promote mold growth, which is dangerous to livestock. 

    “The feed room should be a tight, locked, sealed room,” Hill says, “because you can control that environment so much better.” 

    Her ideal feed room is a windowless space with a cement or concrete floor. Windows make it difficult to regulate temperature and humidity; if you have them, they should be tightly sealed. Poured floors keep out burrowing pests and excess moisture.

    Consider installing a roof vent with fine mesh screens in any openings to draw moist, hot air up and out while keeping bugs at bay. 

    Pests

    Guarding against rodents and insects is important, both for the comfort of your horses and the quality of the feed you’re storing, Hill says. Another reason is what she calls “the human element.”

    “We’re always thinking about our horses,” she says, “but there’s a lot of stuff out there than can harm people, too.” Diseases such as hantavirus and leptospirosis can be transmitted to humans through the saliva, feces, or urine of an infected rodent. 

    While horses aren’t likely to contract disease directly from pests, their presence does compromise feed quality because they eat all the nutritious parts of hay and grain. Cats, mousetraps and poison are all viable options to control rodents, but beware of  dangerous combinations; if a cat eats a poisoned mouse, it’s bad news for the cat. 

    Keep fly strips on hand. “Sweet feed especially draws flies like crazy,” Hill says. Because it’s difficult to keep large haystacks free of mice and other pests, hay should be stored in a separate building, Hill says.  

    Food Degradation

    Treat your feed room like you treat your pantry, Hill says. Cool and dark are the best conditions for keeping food fresh.

    Windows let in sunlight, and as the room heats up, so does the feed. And warm, moist feed can develop potentially harmful molds and mycotoxins. 

    Keep feed bags or bins off the ground by stacking them on wooden pallets. And don’t pour bags of feed into your containers until you’re ready to use them. “The breathable sacks are actually a better way to store grain than your containers,” Hill says.

    Ensure your containers are well-maintained. With metal, keep an eye out for rust. And with plastic, be aware that rodents can chew through the bin; if you haven’t prevented them from entering your space, metal is the better option.