WHAT IS HAYLAGE?

• It is a replacement for hay.
• Grasses grown and cut in the same way as for hay but left to dry for less time (approximately 30-40% moisture)
• Bales are wrapped straight after baling and compress to approximately two thirds of the original size.
• Natural fermentation preserves the grass as haylage (about 90% feed value of grass).
• Haylage can be thought of as highly nutritional hay and without dust and spores.
• Horse haylage, is not the same as silage (silage is a fermented, high moisture feed and usually not suitable for horses).

WHY FEED HAYLAGE

• Haylage is a very good source of fibre
• Fibre is vital for the movement of food along the digestive system.
• Horses are designed for browsing - eating little but often, therefore slowly chewing haylage is more desirable than a bucket of hard feed eaten in a couple of minutes.
• Feeding haylage can provide as much energy and protein as a hard feed, therefore saving money and being much kinder to the digestive system
• Replacing some or all hard feed with good quality haylage for horses could also help to reduce boredom in the stable.
• To avoid respiratory problems in future or aid in managing a current respiratory disease.
• Replace the need for soaking hay - especially when water might freeze, haylage needs no soaking.