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National Pet Month 2014

April is National Pet Month 2014!

 

Throughout the week of 7-11 April The Kerfoot Group are celebrating National Pet Month & revealing some surprising information about how the Kerfoot Group might be involved in your pet’s care. You may not be aware that not only do we supply our high quality oils to the human food industry; we also have a large customer base of pet food manufacturers.

 

To kick off the week, we asked our employees to do a Pop Quiz and we had some surprising answers!

 

Which oils that The Kerfoot Group supply go into pet food?
  • Sunflower, Soyabean, Pomace, Rapeseed
  • Soya is usually the favourite for animal food but some customers do use Sunflower Oil & Pomace Oil which is more expensive & can have slightly better nutritional properties/claims etc.
  • Depending on what type of food it is going into it can be used in different ways:
    • Wet food: as an ingredient or flavour carrier in the food/sauce etc.
    • Dry Food: as a release agent in manufacturing process or as a coating (the shiny coating on the biscuits is
      made from oil)
    • Supplements: as a carrier oil for vitamins etc.
    • Raw form: oils are often mixed with cattle feed to boost the nutritional & calorific value of the feed.
Do you use any oils for your pet? If so, which oils & what benefits are there for your pet?
  • Nicola Lyons, HR Coordinator uses coconut oil for her dogs (added to their dry food) to give them a shiny coat & repel fleas.
  • Joanne Slatcher, Bulk Trader, puts Linseed oil in her horses’ diet to maintain a balance of omega-3 & 6 fatty acids to achieve optimal health & condition.
  • Ryan Downey, Production Supervisor’s lucky pet Iguana, Ziggy, gets a regular Olive Oil massage to keep his skin shiny & repel mites.
What is the most unusual oil that you think might be used in pet care?
  • Jojoba oil can be applied directly to a dog’s skin (NOT fed) to prevent dryness.
  • Horses love aniseed essential oil & garlic essential oil.
  • Many different oils high in Omega 3 & 6 are added to pet food, some surprising examples include Strawberry & Raspberry Seed Oils, Pistachio oil & Camelina oil.
  • We also helped a company develop a Chilli oil for use in birdfeed – it acts as a deterrent for mice & squirrels as the birds can’t taste the heat from the chilli but the mice & squirrels can!
We also had a cutest pet picture competition, and being a pretty animal-mad lot, we had loads of great entries. The winner was Whisper, the piano playing cat who belongs to Dawn Whitehouse, Senior Logistics Coordinator. There was also a special mention for Ziggy the Iguana, who was definitely our most unusual entrant!

 

Nicola Lyons, Group HR Coordinator

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