Let's get this straight, I never said the feed wasn't any good. I was just questioning the claims about wheat middlings as not being a by-product. Since ALL the definitions I could find state it is a by-product.
As far as competition? You got it wrong. I commend anyone who makes SAFE feed. Here's Why:
We had a large herd of pigs that, over time, became toxic on feed made by companies that are using GRAIN from areas of the country that are too high in Selenium. Then they added more without testing first. All proven by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The pigs were sick and many had to be put down. We were never offered one dime for our losses. That is why we started making our own feed with locally grown grains. When the pigs, we were able to save, miraculously improved, we decided to put the screws to these unscrupulous companies by telling the world what we found.
We were approached by many people, who found the same problem with their feeds and animals, and asked if we could make feed for them too. So, we got a license to sell it. If we can put a dent in the pockets of the Bozo's who killed our pigs and pig business (300 sows), We're gonna do it. And, we welcome any other company who helps take some of the wind out of their sails. Because they didn't even care. They just walked away and refused to sell us feed because we had the feed tested and figured out their dirty little secret. We even had the Top Selenium and Swine Researcher in the country tell them in person that the feed was bad. They just walked away in denial of any complaints and any responsibility. I am talking about two MAJOR feed manufacturers, but they ALL have been tested.
So if you want to know why you don't like their feed, but just couldn't figure out why? Now you know. Anyone who writes to me by e-mail I will show the test results to you. They are also posted in the website of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. I call it the "mountain of test results" that all come to the same conclusion. I won't mention the Companies names here, but you can see them at the ODA website.
SO that is how we came about making feed. My husband enjoys making the feed and is very good at it. And, since it is not made with those horrible, high Selenium grains, people are noticing a big difference in the health of their animals. We had a lot of input from customers in designing a feed with ingredients that they wanted to see in the mix.
We personally would like to see more companies, make safe feed. If we could have found safe pig feed in 2007, we never would have started making feed at all. The need is great, and we aren't big enough to supply the whole country. Nor do we wish to be that big. Our business is all "word of mouth" and we don't know how long it will take before we can even supply all the people who want us to make feed for them. People are realizing the difference and are beating down the doors for something that doesn't make the animals sick.
So, in conclusion, if you notice a big difference in your animals with a feed that is not made with grains grown in Toxic Soil, then I will be a happy camper. We are just in it to see that these Ripoff Conglomerate Feed Manufacturers quit soaking people and killing animals. And I can guarantee if I get kicked off this board, it will be because the "powers that be" don't want to upset their Major Feed Conglomerate advertisers.