Today we’ll look at one more dry food of the Duke's Farm super-premium category, made in Great Britain, though by order of the Russian producer - Beethoven pet supplies store. Will its quality be at the level of “compatriots” - Applaws , Savarra , Meowing Heads , AATU ? Find out right now!
When the Duke's Farm feeds first appeared on sale, many visitors to the Beethoven store complained about too aggressive advertising - sellers promised Akana quality at a lower price, while no one could really understand where and by whom the feed was made.
- Indeed, a product that is manufactured abroad and only for sale in the Russian Federation is somewhat alarming.
- On the other hand, this is a fairly common practice - Grandorf , Savarra, Mnyams feeds are also produced in the EU for Russian customers, there is nothing criminal about this.
So, the manufacturer promises us a high-protein and low-carb full-diet, which meets all the needs of a small predator. Feed contains:
- high-quality fiber and prebiotics for healthy digestion;
- a complex of vitamins, trace elements and beneficial amino acids.
A total of 8 types of dry food:
- For kittens with a duck.
- For adult cats with chicken.
- For adult cats with a duck.
- For adult cats with a lamb.
- For adult cats with duck and rabbit.
- For sterilized cats with chicken.
- For sterilized cats with turkey and rabbit.
- For older cats with turkey.
Strange, but in the English version of the official site there are only five types of feed, which does not allow us to compare the compositions of all feeds in Russian and English. And the site itself seems somehow unfinished. We will work with what we have.
I would like to note an attractive, laconic packaging - absolutely not catchy, which is generally correct, the quality of the goods should be explained by the detailed composition and good raw materials, not marketing tricks.
The food is packaged in packages of 300 g and 2 kg.
In the first place in the compositions of feeds Duke's Farm observed:
- fresh duck meat (26.5-30.5%);
- fresh chicken meat (30-32.8%);
- fresh lamb (28.15%);
- turkey meat flour (20%);
- fresh turkey meat (20%).
So, indeed, in English, fresh duck meat is designated as fresh duck meat, similarly to turkey and chicken. But the lamb is in question, since the composition in English is not available on the site. The very name of the ingredient “fresh lamb” implies the presence of not only muscle tissue, but also other parts.
In second place are the following meat ingredients:
- flour from duck meat (19.3-24%);
- chicken meat flour (17.5-26.8%);
- flour from poultry meat (27.3%);
- fresh turkey meat (18%);
- turkey meat flour (18%).
The English composition really says meat meal - flour is made from meat. The question arose only in the case of flour from poultry meat - from the name of the ingredient it is not clear which particular bird was used, which does not allow to determine the true quality of the component.
Also added to the Duke's Farm feed:
- fresh salmon (5-9.9%);
- fresh trout (1.67-6.6%);
- lamb meat flour (11.2%);
- dried eggs;
- rabbit meat flour (8%);
- flour from poultry meat (6.4%).
Also there is a certain “chicken sauce” and “mutton sauce”. Most likely, this is digest - a concentrated natural flavor.
As sources of fat in feeds Duke's Farm used:
- duck fat;
- salmon oil;
- chicken fat;
- mutton fat;
- poultry fat;
- turkey fat;
- salmon fat.
Honestly, I do not recall such a variety of fats in any of the existing feeds. The components are quite high-quality - though it is not known what they canned with. Perhaps tocopherols (vitamin E), but nothing is said about this in the formulations. There are only questions to the fat of poultry - although this raw material is obtained from the tissues of the bird, it is not known which particular bird was used.
Unfortunately, Duke's Farm feeds are not grain-free; they contain the following carbohydrate components:
- White rice - has a high glycemic index and does not contain a large amount of nutrients, for example, it is low in fiber, as this grain has been cleaned and polished.
- Oats - Refined oats grains have a relatively low glycemic index and contain more vegetable protein.
In general, against the background of 62-68% of animal ingredients, the presence of rice and oatmeal in the feed does not make much trouble, but of course, it would be better without them.
- The beet pulp is what remains of the sugar beet after extracting sugar from it. In general, it has a number of useful substances, for example, coarse plant fibers.
- Flaxseed is probably the most beneficial plant component for predators, as it is a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Seaweed is not a bad ingredient, it’s rather in such a small amount in the feed that it is unlikely to bring any benefit to cat's health.
- Dried cranberries - contains fiber and a small amount of vitamins, some of which may have collapsed during processing (drying). As an ingredient for the prevention of ICD , it is useless.
- Pea - most likely, it is pea fiber - a carbohydrate component obtained from the husks of pods. It has a laxative effect, in small amounts it has a beneficial effect on digestion.
- Yucca Shidiger is an additive that reduces the smell of excrement.
To our surprise, there is no guaranteed analysis information on the official website, and on the Beethoven online store website it is listed only in the description of two feeds - a duck with a rabbit and a turkey with a rabbit.
- Protein: 33-34%.
- Fat: 14%
- Fiber: 2.5-3.5%.
- Ash: 10.5-11.5%.
- Carbohydrates: 31-32%.
- Humidity: 7%.
- Calcium: 2.1-2.2%.
- Phosphorus: 1.4%.
In general, everything is normal for a complete feed, the calcium-phosphorus ratio is observed.
So, to summarize the review. Let's start with the pros:
- nice packaging;
- a decent amount of quality meat ingredients - 62-68%;
- rare fats in the composition;
- lack of artificial colors, flavors, etc .;
- reasonable price - about 1.5 thousand rubles for a package of 2 kg.
Cons of Duke's Farm Feed:
- Incomplete information on the manufacturer and seller’s website undermines consumer confidence.
- Feed is not grainless.
- A little marketing is present - claiming that algae will ensure the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and heart, and cranberries will save from the ICD, the manufacturer is cunning, since the exact amount of these additives is not known, as well as their effectiveness.
- There is little information on the guaranteed analysis, although most likely it is indicated on the packaging with the feed and can be found in the store.
Reviews on Duke's Farm feeds on the network are very diverse, someone praises, someone bonfires, but one cannot help but notice a large number of strange statements like:
- “Food is bad because it is sold only in Russia”;
- “The food is bad because Beethoven ordered it”;
- “The dog did not like the taste”;
- “The cat refused to eat”;
- "The dog began to have terrible diarrhea, although besides this food, borsch and kefir did not give anything else."
There was even one absolutely terrific review of how a dog after a transition to Duke's Farm was covered with a rash, and despite the fact that the veterinarian diagnosed a staph infection, the food was still to blame for some reason. Part of the reviews suggests competitors.
We want to be as objective as possible. We have no particular complaints about the composition of the feed, it is a fairly high-quality product that meets the super-premium category. As for the official website, some mysteries about the origin of the feed - there is something to work on for the manufacturer and distributors of feed. The Obormot cat recommends Duke's Farm dry food, but still we advise you to be vigilant.