There are now 16 products within the BETA assurance scheme set up in 2016 to identify feeds suitable for horses and ponies prone to equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS).
Spillers’ Ulca Fibre and Ulca Power Cubes are the latest to have passed the scheme's stringent application process which includes examining ingredients, labelling, marketing claims and independent laboratory analysis.
Both feeds are now entitled to feature the feed approval mark logo on their packaging.
Spillers’ Ulca Fibre and Ulca Power Cubes take their place in the scheme alongside the same Spillers Alfalfa-Pro Fibre and Winergy Equilibrium Growth, also from the Spillers stable.
“This approval mark helps to signpost which feeds are most appropriate while giving extra reassurance of independent assessment,” said Spillers marketing and R&D director Clare Barfoot.
The BETA feed approval mark was developed by the trade association in consultation with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). Nutritional supplements are excluded.
“We are extremely pleased that companies continue to recognise the tremendous opportunities that the approval scheme offers them,” added BETA executive director Claire Williams. “It is really helping riders with the management and welfare of their horses, and providing greater confidence when selecting feed products.”
The BETA feed assurance scheme also includes Allen & Page Soothe & Gain, Baileys Horse Feeds' No 14 Lo-Cal Balancer, No 19 Performance Balancer and No 21 Ease & Excel, British Horse Feeds’ Fibre-Beet and Speedi-Beet, Dengie Horse Feeds' Healthy Tummy, Alfa-A Oil and Performance Fibre, EquiGlo Quick Soak 10 Minute Beet and Saracen’s Competition-Fit Balancer and Re-Leve.