In consultation with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, BETA have developed an approval scheme to help horse owners identify feeds, by way of their composition, that are suitable for horses and ponies prone to or at risk from equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). The approval mark may only be used on feeds approved under the scheme and this must be renewed annually.
Feeds bearing the mark do not cure or treat gastric ulcers. If you suspect that your horse has ulcers please contact your vet.
Compulsory Criteria for Approved Feeds
Feeds recognised under the approval scheme must result in less than 1g of starch & sugar per kg of bodyweight per meal and ideally provide less than 2g of starch and sugar combined per kg of bodyweight per day when fed at the recommended levels. These levels have been determined based on a review of associated risk factors for EGUS.
Feeds marketed as low to medium energy (typically less than 12MJ/kg DE) should contain less than 20% starch and sugar combined (on an as fed basis), whereas feeds marketed as high energy (typically 12MJ/kg DE or greater) should contain less than 25% starch and sugar combined (on an as fed basis).