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SuperWanda March 22nd, 2011 11:25 AM

Darford dog food
 
This is a relatively new food so I'm having trouble finding any reviews or input on the ingredients.

[url]http://www.darford.com/index.php[/url]

It looks like there are two formulas:

Turkey, Chicken and Duck: [url]http://www.darford.com/products.php?pl=6&pr=33[/url]

Sardine, Whitefish and Mysis Shrimp: [url]http://www.darford.com/products.php?pl=6&pr=32[/url]

mummummum March 22nd, 2011 12:03 PM

The ingredients lists certainly had me thinking about change...until I got to :

" If an 11.5 kg box of Zero/G Chicken costs $69.99:..."

Now, that's not the product you are referring to. It may be even more expensive given that it's new. This is def. more $$$$ than Orijen no matter the size of dog.

SuperWanda March 22nd, 2011 12:47 PM

I pay $75.95 for a 13.5kg bag of Orijen so I guess it's about a 50 cents more a kg which would be about $6.50 more for the same amount.

I'm sure the fish would be priced even higher. Maybe I'll grab a small bag or sample to see what it's like.

It's made in Canada but I can't figure out where it's manufactured.

SuperWanda March 22nd, 2011 12:52 PM

Okay -- right there on the website -- food manufactured in Minnesota.

rainbow March 22nd, 2011 01:46 PM

I didn't know that Darford was making kibble now but then I haven't been to the pet store lately. I bought two bags of Orijen dog food the last time as it was on sale but I'll be going again soon so will check it out. :)

Darford has been making dog treats for quite a while .....their plant is located not far from me in Vernon, BC. I wonder if they're making the kibble there as well for distribution in Canada and the plant in Minnesota is for the US. :shrug:

I buy their dog treats occassionally (one of the pet stores here sells them in bulk) and they are high quality. :thumbs up

rainbow March 22nd, 2011 01:55 PM

I found this info on their website [url]http://www.darford.com/story.php[/url] ....


[QUOTE]
...... but the company he and Darcy started has grown to over 30 employees and operates today out of a modern, 25,000 sq. ft. export certified manufacturing facility in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Our food and treats for dogs are sold in North and South America, Asia and parts of Europe. To complement our current plant operations in Canada, we have expanded our international manufacturing presence by opening a second facility in Ohio to meet the increased demand for our high quality products in the United States.

In addition to manufacturing our own line of products, Darford has become an industry leader in developing products for other companies. As a result, many of the high quality, all-natural treats found on store shelves today under other brand names, are in fact made by Darford. [/QUOTE]

mummummum March 22nd, 2011 02:07 PM

They don't say where most of their ingredients are sourced other than "Not in China" and I imagine the mysic shrimp are from the Okanagan. Glad to see peas used as a main ingredient (at least I'm assuming that it is a main ~ I couldn't find a list of ingredients sorted by quantity). Not crazy about the pomace...and there was something else. Oh well...brain-on-break. But I too wouldn't mind trying it.

rainbow March 22nd, 2011 02:21 PM

LOL, you made me look at the website again and I just noticed they have a "FAQ" to click on [url]http://www.darford.com/faq.php[/url] .....

[QUOTE]
Q: Do you have any ingredients purchased from China?

A: No! We have ensured the safety in all of ingredients and are sourcing proteins, vitamins and minerals throughout Canada, United States and Europe.[/QUOTE]

reanne March 22nd, 2011 11:10 PM

I sometimes buy Darford treats. That's cool that they're made in Vernon, I didn't realize that.

SuperWanda March 23rd, 2011 06:52 PM

I was sure I saw something about the food being produced in Minnesota. Yes -- it was under the FAQ section -- only with respect to the food but the treats are made in Vernon.
[url]http://www.darford.com/faq.php[/url]


Q: Where are your products manufactured?

A:
Darford has production and packaging facilities across North America, and coming soon in Europe.
Darford corporate offices and our Naturals family of treats are baked in our production facility in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.
Our Mega Bones are produced in our facility in Blaine, Washington, USA.
Our Holistic and Zero/G treats are baked in our newest facility is located in Edon, Ohio, USA.
[B]Zero/G Food For Dogs is produced in Minnesota (USA)[/B].
All of our products are packaged and shipped from our North American Distribution Center facility in Flora, Indiana (USA).

SuperWanda March 23rd, 2011 06:59 PM

I'll let you know what it's like -- I wouldn't mind trying something different for Timber that is potato free.

Have always wondered if I removed potato from her diet if that would help with her arthritic issues but who knows?

hazelrunpack March 23rd, 2011 08:20 PM

Potatoes [I]can[/I] be a problem apparently. When Evan was diagnosed with IBD, we were told that potato was a fairly common allergen in dogs. I'm always amazed at how many foods include them.

SuperWanda March 24th, 2011 06:51 PM

I think it's hard to find a grain free food that doesn't have potatoes because they need something to bind it all together to form the kibble.

Acanas grasslands use to just have sweet potato (which I don't think is the same as white potatoes for aggravating arthritis) but now contains russet as well. So, to get away from both potato and grains is pretty much impossible.

I see that Darford does have some buckwheat but I imagine its the peas and pea starch that serves to bind it all together. The last time I tried a food with pea starch was Horizon and it really did smell like peas when you opened the bag. My dogs didn't really like it so I'll be interested to see what this is like.

I'd go back to a chicken and rice but is there anything out there that has higher meat content with a smaller amount of rice???

SamIam March 24th, 2011 07:04 PM

[QUOTE=SuperWanda;996335]Acanas grasslands use to just have sweet potato (which I don't think is the same as white potatoes for aggravating arthritis) but now contains russet as well.[/QUOTE]

The nightshade family (potato, tomato, eggplant, peppers) is the one that can aggravate arthritis. Sweet potato/yam is an entirely different plant altogether, but more difficult to grow as it needs a more tropical climate - which is why regular Irish potatoes of whatever variety are easier to come by.

CharleyDarford January 3rd, 2012 05:58 PM

Darford Zero G ratings
 
Hi there Darford Zero G ratings can be found on here DogFoodAdvisor.com :


Darford's Zero/G dry dog food gets a 5-star rating on [URL="http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/darford-zero-g/"]DogFoodAdvisor.com[/URL]
The following recipes were submitted for review:

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Darford Zero/G Turkey and Chicken
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Darford Zero/G Sardine, Whitefish and Mysis Shrimp

Here's the results from [URL="http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/darford-zero-g/"]DogFoodAdvisor.com[/URL]:

"ZeroG is an above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food. In addition, even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat."

"The recipe's use of legumes in place of grain or potatoes make this recipe a potential candidate for those looking for a kibble with a relatively lower glycemic index."

"Bottom line? Darford's ZeroG Dog Food is a legume-based dry kibble using a notable amount of chicken and turkey as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars."

I hope that helps... :thumbs up


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