Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty product line includes 2 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Adult Recipe [A]
  • Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Small Breed Recipe [A]

Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Adult Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Bil-Jac Farmer's Bounty Adult Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken by-products (organs only, source of arginine), oats, pea starch, dried beet pulp, pea fiber, brewers dried yeast, flaxseed, salt, menhaden fish meal, choline chloride, dl-methionine, sodium propionate (a preservative), l-lysine, monocalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, dried lentils, dried pumpkin, dried blueberry, dried cranberry, dried apple, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, vitamin A acetate, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, biotin, sodium selenite, d-calcium pantothenate, inositol, manganese proteinate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), mixed tocopherols and BHA (preservatives), manganous oxide, cobalt proteinate, cobalt carbonate, vitamin D3 supplement, potassium iodide, folic acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis28%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%20%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%40%34%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 34%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient includes chicken by-products, what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the good cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can include almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything (that is) but skeletal muscle (real meat).

Although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products a less expensive, lower quality ingredient.

However, here the manufacturer specifies “organ meat only” which makes this item something more desirable, and better described as chicken giblets.

Although it is a quality item, raw organ meat contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The third ingredient includes oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The sixth ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, we find dried lentils. Dried lentils are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried lentils contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

In addition, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

And lastly, this food is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Dog Food looks like an average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 31%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast, flaxseed and dried lentils, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

We like this product. However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include BHA in its recipe. Without this controversial ingredient, we may have been compelled to award this line a higher rating.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Bil-Jac Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

06/13/2017 Last Update

  • theBCnut

    The maker of this food has chosen to label them as by products. Makers of quality food usually chose to label organs by their individual names if it is legal for them to do so. That and that alone is the only guarantee you have of the quality of the by products.

  • Owl

    Why are by products still highlighted even though the product states that they’re organs only? Organs are very healthy and, in my opinion, very necessary.