By preserving grass, the roughage can be preserved. The roughage is then fed to the horses in winter or during a dry period with little grass growth. There are several ways to conserve grass.
It is important that horses get the right roughage and good quality. The largest part of the ration is to consist of roughage, such as hay, silage, grass or lucerne. Sufficient roughage is important for good digestion.
Read more about:
- Natural drying: Hay
- Fermentation: silage
- Artificial drying by warm air at Grasdrogerij Hartog B.V.
Roughage feed is necessary for a horse to survive and prevent a number of common problems, such as stool defects and stomach ulcers. Therefore, it is important that quality is taken into account when feeding roughage. The quality and feed value of roughage can vary considerably by harvest. It is a natural product that is strongly influenced by the weather conditions during growth and harvest.
What is a roughage analysis?
In order to determine whether the roughage contains the components required for horses in the correct proportions, you can analyze it. A roughage analysis can reveal whether the roughage contains sufficient raw proteins, raw fat, crude fiber, sugar, trace elements and minerals in the correct proportions. The hay is assessed on digestible crude protein content (VREp) and energy value (EWpa, energy value horse) as defined by the CVB. You will eventually get a ready-made report with a quality assessment.
Requesting roughage analysis?
At the Company Laboratory for Soil and Crop (BLGG - Agroxpertus) you can go for a roughage analysis. Using the report that is made, you can make a balanced ration calculation. For more information, visit the Agroxpertus website and you can sign up for a mostname.
The cost of a roughage analysis is about € 100, but it is worth the money. Through the roughage analysis you will find out what you are feeding your horse and can ensure that your horse gets all the necessary nutrients in the right amount. Due to the roughage analysis, you may be able to save on your concentrate.
Blgg - Agroxpertus has a number of (complementary) research packages for grass silk, such as the spring package, in addition to a basic research package. In addition to the most necessary elements, the minerals and trace elements are determined. For the summer silage, Blgg - Agroxpertus has assembled a summer package, no trace elements are investigated.