Speedi-Beet What is Speedi-beet and how does it work?
Speedi-Beet is made from pure unmolassed sugar beet pulp which is a by-product of the sugar beet industry. Sugar beet is grown in Europe and North America as an alternative to sugar cane which is grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is mainly grown as a source of table sugar for human consumption. The sugar beet harvest in the UK usually takes place from September onwards with the beet being delivered into one of several sugar beet factories situated throughout eastern England. After cleaning, the beet is sliced into cossettes by a machine that resembles a kitchen grater and as much surface area is presented to maximise the sugar extraction process as much as possible. The sliced sugar beet is mixed with hot water and the sugar is extracted. After the water has been squeezed out, the pulp is dried and usually molasses is added back where upon the pulp is either used in its shredded form or it is pelleted. Speedi-Beet is manufactured from beet pulp which has not had molasses added to it and is therefore around 95% sugar free. The beet pulp then undergoes a further patented process and is then cooked utilising British Horse Feeds’, micronization. This involves heating the dried beet pulp at relatively low temperatures for a short time using infra-red heat and prevents the protein from denaturing allowing for quicker release of nutrients into the horse’s digestive system. The micronizing process also imparts flavour into the beet pulp so the product does not require the use of added molasses i.e. sugar for palatability. The beet pulp is then flaked to increase surface area to aid rapid water absorption. That’s why Speedi-Beet can be prepared in less than 10 minutes instead of the usual 24 hours for traditional sugar beet pulp.
Mixing and preparation of Speedi-beet
The longer you soak the more it swells. No need to stick to only soaking 10 to 15 minutes as it says on the bag! But a max of 1 hour seems safer especially with stable staff! Don’t feed it dry! Best you stick to the warning on the bag in this case! If you use warm water, it soaks faster. Remember that Speedi-Beet swells to 5 times its size and Fibre-Beet up to 3 times! You can soak after evening meal for the morning feeds and after breakfast for the afternoon feeds. Don’t leave more than 12 hours….could ferment and create toxins in our hot climate. 1 portion beet to 5 portions of water for Speedi-beet and 1 to 3 for Fibre-Beet. If you have a large amount of horses paint a line inside your bucket/drum for dry beet and a different colour line for water. Do this once you have worked out how much you would use over one or two meals. 500g dry Speedi-Beet is a one litre bucket, or a 1L yoghurt container. One scoop swells up to approx 5 times its volume. One scoop of wet Speedi-Beet weighs approx 800g. Fibre-Beet is heavier than Speedi-Beet…a 1L container of dry Fibre Beet is 800g. Some horses like it real mushy/sloppy and some horses like it with a tad less water so that’s is more powdery and not so sloppy. Keep this in consideration when your horse frowns at his new moistened feed! Keep in a cool place.
How to use:
Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet can be used as a supplement or a complete feed, depending on your horse’s requirements. So there is no fixed answer as to how much to feed. To start though, you can add on Speedi/Fibre-Beet in small quantities at a time and slowly increase this, while decreasing your concentrates, all the time monitoring your horse’s condition. Some clients have the Speedi-Beet as a 50% feed with 50% concentrate. Some clients feed Fibre-Beet only and no concentrates. Roughage is not excluded and must always be included. If your horse is underweight Speedi-Beet is the better option to start with. It’s got slightly more (still slow release) energy compared to Fibre-Beet and will pile the kilos on faster. If your horse is on a good condition to start with you can start with Fibre-Beet because it offers a bit more variety than Speedi-Beet. You can add a handful of concentrates to make it more appetising to start with…sweet concentrate to plain beet is hard transition for horses especially if they are used to concentrates! There are clients feeding 3/4 Speedi-Beet, 1/4 concentrates. We have clients adding lucerne chaff for protein and some supplements suitable to their horses’ needs and who feed no concentrate at all. You should monitor your horses’ needs and make the combo work for you. We have a client’s breeding stallion on 1.5 kg wet twice a day with a handful of Spurwing High-5 thrown in…gone from 6kgs 14% to less than 1/4 kg concentrates a day mixed with 3 kgs wet Speedi-Beet and he is looking better than ever. To find out how much your horse needs, slowly replace the majority of the concentrate with Speedi-Beet and your horse should stop eating when he is full…all horses here that have been on it, couldn’t eat too much beet…it is more filling than concentrates and so they eat as much as they need and don’t pig out on it as much. When Carl fed Zander 2kgs wet Speedi-Beet he only ate 2/3 of it! Another client’s crossbreed could eat 1/4 kg easily but when we fed him 1/2kg wet, he only ate half.
Why use one of our Beet products?
Basically your horse has a better chance to health if fed a fibre based diet. Horses’ digestive systems are designed to ferment and function on fibre. Latest research shows that horses don’t cope well with sugars (eg molasses). And if the horse’s workload doesn’t justify starch, feeding starch does more harm than good. In the past the easiest and quickest way to get horses to gain condition was to feedstarch and sugars. This is no longer the case and using Speedi-Beet or Fibre-Beet is a far healthier option for your horse. Please note: for Thorougbreds and Warmbloods and similarly large horses, you need to use 400g to 500g (dry weight ) Speedi-Beet/Fibre-Beet minimum per day. Less than that doesn’t make much of a difference. For large working horses, be prepared to use up to 1kg in peak season.
DO NOT FEED DRY