Raw Beef & Turkey Neck Dog Food Recipe: Adult

Raw Beef & Turkey Dog Food Recipe

Many home prepared raw diets can be missing key nutrients, especially manganese and vitamin D. This delicious combination of beef and turkey necks is formulate to meed AAFCO minimum requirements for adult dogs. No grains, no synthetic vitamins and minerals.

NOTE: This food is for adult dogs only. 

Ingredients

Makes 11.9 pounds of raw food. This is roughly a 6 day supply for a 50 pound dog. You may need to adjust the daily amount based on your dog’s breed and activity level. 

  • 3 pounds 90% lean ground beef
  • 3 pounds turkey or chicken necks with skin removed (be sure to weigh your necks but this is about 3 to 6 turkey necks or 33 chicken necks)
  • 2 pounds beef heart with fat trimmed
  • 1 pound beef liver
  • 8 pasture-raised eggs without shells
  • 8 ounces (3 large stalks) kale
  • 8 ounces (2 stalks) broccoli
  • 8 ounces (4 chopped cups) dandelion greens
  • 12 ounces (2 small clamshell packages) blueberries or mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries)
  • 1 ounce raw pumpkin seed powder

Directions

If you have a grinder, grind the necks, heart and turkey liver. If you don’t have a grinder, that’s okay … most dogs are able to easily consume necks. If you don’t grind them, simply set the necks aside and chop the liver and heart into small cubes.

Puree the kale, broccoli, dandelion greens and berries in a food processor. 

Mix the ground beef, liver, heart and veggie/berry mix together. Also include the necks if they were ground. Add the eggs and pumpkin seed powder and mix thoroughly. 

Place the mixture into smaller containers and place them in your freezer, along with the turkey or chicken necks if left whole. It’s best to freeze your food in 1-3 day portions.

It isn’t important for your dog to get both the necks and the meat mixture together. If you don’t grind the necks into the meat mixture, feed just the necks for one meal and the meat mix for the second meal.

Improving The Fats

If you use poultry that isn’t raised on pasture or beef that isn’t grass fed, this recipe will have an omega-6/omega-3 ratio of 10:1. This is quite rich in Linoleic Acid, a fatty acid that can cause chronic inflammation if not properly balanced with anti-inflammatory fatty acids including GLA and EPA.

We recommend feeding Safe-Sea daily to help balance your dog’s fatty acids. This will bring the omega-6/omega-3 ratio down to 4:1. 

But don’t add any oil to the recipe directly. To reduce oxidation, you don’t want to expose the oil to oxygen for too long. Instead, give it daily with your dog’s meal.

IMPORTANT

The ingredients in this recipe have been carefully chosen to meet AAFCO minimum nutrition requirements for adult dogs. Don’t replace ingredients or vary the amounts too much … this may unbalance the food. The berries are optional but all other ingredients need to be in the recipe in the listed amounts.

How Much To Feed

In general, dogs should eat about 2-3% of their body weight daily in raw food. Here’s a rough guide for this recipe:

  • 10 lb dog: Recipe will make an 18 day supply
  • 25 lb dog: Recipe will make a 9 day supply
  • 50 lb dog: Recipe will make a 5-6 day supply
  • 75 lb dog: Recipe will make a 4 day supply
  • 100 lb dog: Recipe will make a 3 day supply

Nutritional Information

Typical analysis on a caloric basis:

  • Calories per pound: 539

Analysis

  • Protein: 15.40%
  • Fat: 7.09%
  • Ash: 1.73%
  • Moisture: 73.87%
  • Fiber: 0.57%
  • Carbohydrate: 1.34%

Fat

  • Total fat: 58.99 g/kg
  • Saturated fat: 15.43 g/kg
  • Monounsaturated fat: 16.43 g/kg
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 6.31 g/kg
  • Omega-6/omega-3: 10.5:1
  • Omega-6/omega-3 with Safe-Sea: 4.2:1

Minerals

  • Calcium: 2.75 g/kg
  • Phosphorus: 2.65 g/kg
  • Ca:P Ratio: 1.04:1
  • Potassium: 2.35 g/kg
  • Sodium: 0.66 g/kg
  • Magnesium: 0.45 g/kg
  • Iron: 19.92 mg/kg
  • Copper: 8.16 mg/kg
  • Manganese: 1.95 mg/kg
  • Zinc: 25.36 mg/kg
  • Selenium: 0.15 mg/kg

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A: 21,106 IU/kg
  • Vitamin C: 92.51 mg/kg
  • Vitamin D: 141.96 IU/kg
  • Thiamine (B1): 0.81 mg/kg
  • Riboflavin (B2): 4.33 mg/kg
  • Niacon (B3): 38.44 mg/kg
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5): 10.95 mg/kg
  • Pyridoxine (B6): 2.71 mg/kg
  • Vitamin B12: 0.06 mg/kg
  • Folic Acid: 0.39 mg/kg
This recipe is for adult dogs only. Recipe is based on typical nutrient values, which may vary from item to item. Analysis and nutrient amounts are approximate.

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