- I dissent.
I wonder if there are others here who would be interested in such a product. Not sure the best way to try to move something like this forward with Oxbow (if there is even a way to do so), but given the issues many of us are having with KMS Hayloft these days, I really do hope their "team" pursues this idea further.
- Party Poop-er
I took a peek at Small Pet Select's pellets and they list their max calcium as 0.6%.
So it could even be possible they are using calcium carbonate, despite what is listed on the labels.
A chemical analysis of the feed would provide this info but chemical analyses can be expensive.
- Supporter in 2022
I've run into this with fat content in dog food. Our dog had pancreatitis last year, so I'm looking for low-fat food. Most list a minimum and maximum, but some companies, like Purina, can tell you the exact amount if you have a lot number.
- Cavy Comic
Ingredients List for Timothy Choice:
Crude Protein (min) 14.00 %
Crude Fat (min) 3 %
Crude Fiber (min) 20.00 %
Crude Fiber (max) 25.00 %
Vitamin A (IU/lb) 13,050
Vitamin D-3 (ICU/lb) 455
Vitamin C (mg/lb) 450
Calcium (min) 0.41%
Calcium (max) 0.54%
Phosphorus (min) 0.30%
Colbert, WA 99029
TIMOTHY PELLET INGREDIENTS: Timothy hay, whole wheat, soybean meal, whole oats, Pacific wheat, vegetable oil, molasses, Brewers yeast, salt, Vitamin C supplement, Vitamin A supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Choline Chloride, Folic Acid, Potassium Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Zinc, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Lingon Sulfate
Assuming a correct listing of ingredients:
They actually do NOT list any form of an added calcium source. I know Sef is wary of pellets listing added calcium carbonate. The listed "d-Calcium Pantothenate" does not seem to be a calcium source but vitamin B-5.
See the synonyms to note this is aka d-calcium pantothenate
This appears to be:
 molecules of carbon +  molecules of hydrogen +  molecules of calcium nitrate [?] +  molecules of oxygen
- calcium pantothenate
- D-Calcium pantothenate
- Calcium D-pantothenate
- [and more...]
Keep in mind, though there perhaps is actually NO added calcium (I do not know this), the other food ingredients listed ("Timothy hay, whole wheat, soybean meal, whole oats, Pacific wheat, vegetable oil, molasses, Brewers yeast"), will have some. But I do no think a lot, perhaps accounting for the overall low calcium numbers.Calcium Pantothenate is the calcium salt of the water-soluble vitamin B5, ubiquitously found in plants and animal tissues with antioxidant property. Pentothenate is a component of coenzyme A (CoA) and a part of the vitamin B2 complex. Vitamin B5 is a growth factor and is essential for various metabolic functions, including the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fatty acids. This vitamin is also involved in the synthesis of cholesterol, lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones, and hemoglobin.
By the way, I vaguely remember Linda saying something to me once upon a time about not adding any calcium at all to her pellets. As I mentioned, the food sources add calcium too. So perhaps she felt bumping up the calcium more, was not needed or wanted. I am not placing any bets on my remembering this correctly but throwing this out there. Hopefully the ingredient list has not been messed with over the years/since it has been sold.
- I dissent.
I wonder about this, too, Lynx. I wish I could find my notes from years ago, when I first contacted Linda about her pellets. She gave me a very detailed explanation at the time of what her mill was putting in the pellets and why, including the calcium source. We have moved many times since then, and all of that has gotten lost.
Edit: I looked at my old correspondence with her. I was a typo. She wrote, "On the Timothy Choice and Alfalfa Complete labels, there is a typo. I have noticed this for years but don't know how to change it. Instead of Riboflavin, it says Tyboflavin."
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