Now that I have the bag at home I am second guessing my decision. Since the bag has not been opened, I am thinking of returning it and getting the regular pellets. My biggest concern is that I noticed the organic ones contain "calcium carbonate" whereas the essentials line does not.
Has anyone tried the organic pellets and if so how did they work out? Are they any better, or did Oxbow just jump on the organic bandwagon?
I'm thrilled that all of the information on pellets is now coming to light but with so many differing opinions I am having difficulty making the correct decision. For years my pigs just loved KMS pellets but then for some reason they started to dislike them. That was when I switched to Oxbow.
Cane molasses is a complex carbohydrate which, unlike simple carbohydrates such as sucrose, is absorbed much slower over time. In addition to providing stability and aiding in the binding of naturally high-fiber ingredients (like timothy hay), cane molasses also contains bioactive antioxidant compounds called phenolic acids and melanoidins which have been shown to express anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
One question/claim was actually not fully addressed by the answer but it does address a few other issues concerning their pellets.
Edit: a page I found on the anti-oxidant claims of cane molasses.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6675299_Antioxidant ... arum_L_Juice
Plant Foods for Human Nutritionc2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.DOI: 10.1007/s11130-006-0032-6
Antioxidant Activity of Phenolics Compounds From Sugar Cane (Saccharum ofﬁcinarum L.)Juice
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My guys used to like the KMS pellets but don’t like them now either. Plus, my last batch crumbled very easily. They like the Oxbow essentials or Small Pet Select.
BTW, had anyone feeding Oxbow noticed their piggies’ urine being more brownish recently? I’m fostering a male whose urine was brownish when he was eating Oxbow. He’s on Small Pet Select now and it’s much more normal. The vet thought it might be a dye from the essentials. Has anyone else noticed this?
I knew I made the right decision after reading the above post from SkittleandTwix on how their pigs didn't care for the organic ones at all. My pigs are quite picky and most likely wouldn't have liked the new pellets and it would have been money wasted.