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The Kent Haylage Company
- With over 15 years experience, we are established producers of top quality ryegrass haylage.
- As a family run business, we pride ourselves in offering a friendly and reliable service.
- All our haylage is produced from our own farm with rigorous quality control, which helps ensure a product of a guaranteed high standard.
- As highly experienced horse owners ourselves, we can offer help and guidance to customers new to feeding haylage.
Changing from Hay to Haylage
Haylage is sometimes considered more expensive than hay but that is in terms of fresh weight consumed – if its higher nutritional value is taken into account there is really little difference, it may even be cheaper on a total feed cost per day basis, and it has additional health and welfare benefits.
Haylage retains up to 90% of the feed value of hay, so if you are feeding the equivalent in terms of dry matter, you can also cut down on supplementary feed as less will be needed to meet the horse’s energy requirements.
Haylage – economical, easy to use and it’s better for the horses too!
The large intestine contains bacteria to help digest the fibre in feeds. They are very sensitive to changes in the diet so make the switch gradually, say over a week, to allow the bacteria time to adapt. This should prevent stomach upsets.You also need to get used to handling haylage so as not to over or under feed your horse.A typical 500 kg 16hh riding horse requires a minimum daily roughage intake of about 1% bodyweight, ie 5kg of hay, or, due to its higher moisture content, 7 to 8.5kg of haylage. But although you need more haylage by weight you need much less by volume as, again due to its higher moisture, haylage is much denser than hay. At the beginning it is best to weigh out the required amount each day until you get used to judging it.