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What is haylage?
Haylage is a forage made for horses from grass that's cut earlier than hay, turned in the field until the correct dry matter content is achieved and then sealed in plastic. A natural fermentation process then takes place, which preserves the grass (and its nutrients) and results in a dust-free forage that's low in mould spores and highly palatable. Great for all horses with varieties to suit your needs.
What are the benefits of using E H Haylage?
1.High-quality ingredients 2.Higher dry matter than average bagged haylages 3.More haylage and less water per pack, therefore more kilos for your money 4.High fibre per mouthful so can be fed ad lib 5.Higher quality than traditional forages; essential nutrients are sealed in 6.Higher digestibility and higher nutritional value means less concentrate feed required, so you save money 7.No dust and low mould spores, so no need to soak, unlike hay 8.Helps ensure respiratory health, unlike hay 9.Excellent palatability 10.Little wastage 11.Packed in easily handled bags which comply with health and safety regulations 12.Recyclable packaging so better for the environment.
My horse is turned out during the day and then stabled overnight. How much EH Haylage should I feed overnight?
If possible, you should feed forage ad-lib so you will therefore need to feed enough haylage so that there is a little left the next morning. If you are worried that so much forage will cause weight gain, choose our Hi-Fibre Haylage, which is higher in fibre and lower in energy and protein than our original product. As a guide, a 15.2hh 500kg horse stabled for 12 hours overnight would usually eat between 7.5 and 9kg of our Original haylage, and between 7 and 8.5kg of the Hi-Fibre Haylage.
Should I feed less EH Haylage than regular hay?
No, you need to feed more kilos of any haylage than hay in order to supply your horse with its required quantities of dry matter and fibre, so important for their digestive health. Haylage contains a greater concentration of water than hay, at about 35% versus 15%. A net of 5kg(11lb) of haylage contains about 3.25kg of actual haylage and 1.75kg water whereas a 5kg net of hay contains about 4.25kg of actual hay and 0.75kg water.Underfeeding haylage can cause a fibre deficiency. Ideally, haylage should be fed ad-lib but, if your horse gains weight when fed this way, please ask for EH Hi-Fibre Haylage next time you order from us.
How long will my EH Haylage keep after I open a bale?
As a guide, haylage keeps for up to 7 days after opening. In hot weather, it is best to finish the bag within 4 or 5 days, but in winter it will keep for longer once open. The bales of EH Haylage are smaller than many haylages, so are more suitable for single horse owners as you will waste less.
Do I need to worry about the mice, rats or my cat in my haylage storage area?
Yes, you do! Mice and rats will chew holes in the haylage bags and cats claws will pierce them if they climb up, which breaks the airtight seal and spoils the haylage. Take care not to puncture the bags or allow mice or rats near them. You will need to get rid of the mice / rats as soon as possible to avoid further problems.