Uncle Alber’s, Great Barko , and Dib’s Premium Dog Bites are made by Laucke Mills, a milling company based in the Barossa Valley. They make foods for a range of animals, including horses and alpacas.
For this review I’ll focus on Uncle Alber’s. It’s very similar to the other brands on offer from the company.
Any canine or feline food should have meat as the main ingredient. This food ticks that box, but sadly it’s a very unspecific source of meat and meat by-products (the nasty stuff not fit for human consumption). It’s difficult to ascertain the quality of ingredients such as this, so it’s best to assume the worst and a very cheap ingredient.
Fish and fish by-products is very ominous and could be anything. It won’t be a quality source of fish, and again a very cheap ingredient.
The grains in the food aren’t specified either, simply being labelled as cooked cereals. They specify wheaten bran, and given Lauke Mills is a milling company, this will be left over middlings which can’t be sold off for any other reason. Middlings are often termed “floor sweepings” in the industry, and ingredients such as this can cause allergies. So if you’re feeding this to your dog and he keeps scratching, then that could well be the reason. What other grains are in the food we just don’t know. Soyabeans are included, another cause of allergies in dogs.
So where does it leave us? The ingredients are very unspecific, and most likely of poor quality. There’s nothing out of the ordinary with the levels of protein (28% for Uncle Alber’s, 24% for Great Barko), fat, and fibre. I estimate the carbs to be average for a dog food (40% for Uncle Alber’s, 45.5% for Great Barko).
Your dog may do ok on a food like this, but if you want to be assured of quality then find something else. 2 stars.
Cooked meat or meat by-products derived from beef, lamb, poultry or pork. Cooked fish or fish by-products. Fat, cooked cereals and wheaten bran. Products derived from canola and soyabeans. Lysine, methionine, antioxidant, bentonite, vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins: A, D3, E, K, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12, niacin, pantothenate, folic acid and biotin.
Minerals: Calcium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc.
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- Ambiguous ingredients