Western Feed, LLC has voluntarily recalled two lots of Kountry Buffet 14% feed. These lots are M718430 and M720280. Lot numbers can be found on the bottom of the tag, underneath the feeding directions.
The feed in question is packaged in 50 lb. bags with a Payback logo (as pictured above), with an attached tag identifying it as Kountry Buffet 14% feed.
These lots were distributed to retailers in Nebraska and Wyoming between December 2, 2011 and December 15, 2011. Retailers who received this product have already been informed and have removed it from their shelves.
This voluntary recall occurred due to the possible inclusion of monensin sodium (Rumensin). Monensin sodium is a medication approved for some livestock and poultry species, but can be fatal to horses if fed at sufficiently high levels.
Western Feed received reports about horses dying as a result of consuming this feed. Initial testing found potentially high levels of monensin sodium in these now recalled lots. Further testing is underway.
Trace amounts of monensin sodium can cause a horse to go off its regular feed, show signs of colic, and appear unwell for a few days. Larger amounts will cause a horse to shows more serious signs within a few hours, including colic, stiffness, sweating, lack of coordination, and an inability to stand.
Customers who purchased Kountry Buffet 14% from lot M718430 and M720280 should stop feeding the product immediately and call Western Feed LLC at 308-247-2601, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MT.
At this time, the limited voluntary recall only applies to Kountry Buffet 14%, lots M718430 and M720280. No other Western Feed, LLC products and no other lots of Kountry Buffet 14% are involved.