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Sasha Melia/Silh...
post Jan 2 2006, 02:46 PM
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Hi there

I just wondered if anyone has used pure alfalfa/lucerne bagged haylage at all? My haylage man has some and it's the same price as the normal haylage I use at the moment, but I wondered if anyone has any experience of using it? Obviously it must be very high feed value etc but I am just wondering if it might be a bit too strong to feed all the time to a 2 year old colt and a 7 month old weanling filly?

Any experiences/opinions on this would be great smile.gif

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post Jan 2 2006, 08:23 PM
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Hi Sasha

I would suggest that you mix it with normal hay/haylage rather than feed just that and cut down on the short feed. It should work out slightly cheaper than feeding shorts and haylage as the protein value is quite high. Wish I could get some!

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post Jan 2 2006, 09:12 PM
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I use lucerne balage quite alot for all the horses - whether or not it would cause problems would depend on how much you feed, the quality of your pasture, and if you are feeding the horses grain and supplements. Lucerne is high in calcium so it pays not to feed it in combination with other high calcium grains or supplements.
At the moment, my pasture is full of another legume, white clover, so I have to reduce the amount of lucerne I feed, and my fat horses get very little or none at all.
In situations where I've had no grass I have fed lucerne in conjunction with oaten balage and grass hay, just in case a straight lucerne diet caused imbalances.
Just my experiences - if in doubt ask your vet.
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post Jan 3 2006, 06:31 PM
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Hi Barbara & Hoogie

Thanks for the info, you have confirmed my worries that it could be a bit much on it's own......as this farmer grows it himself (ie it's not a branded make or anything) I asked him if he had had any nutritional analysis done on it and he said 'oh no, I just grow the stuff' ! It's a shame he didn't it get it looked at, maybe it costs too much.

Both of the horses in question are on fairly high protein diets, my weanling is on Foal Mix which is 15.9% protein, and my colt is on Mare & Youngstock Mix which is 14% protein, both manufactured by Dodson & Horrell. With this they also get a big handful of Readigrass. I used to feed Dengie Alfa-A instead, but I was getting through so much of it that I changed to Readigrass just to add a bit of roughage to their feeds. I have plenty of grass but don't think it's that great feed value wise though as we had an abundance of thistles all summer which took over a lot!

Anyway, I have a couple of bales of it to try and have been mixing it half and half with their normal haylage, it's really lovely stuff and they love it too. Might be hassle though having to mix the two types all the time though - might leave it for the winter and then just feed it to my filly when it gets nearer to show time for the conditioning value? Does anyone feed it in pure form to their show yearlings?
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post Jan 3 2006, 06:32 PM
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Hi Barbara & Hoogie

Thanks for the info, you have confirmed my worries that it could be a bit much on it's own......as this farmer grows it himself (ie it's not a branded make or anything) I asked him if he had had any nutritional analysis done on it and he said 'oh no, I just grow the stuff' ! It's a shame he didn't it get it looked at, maybe it costs too much.

Both of the horses in question are on fairly high protein diets, my weanling is on Foal Mix which is 15.9% protein, and my colt is on Mare & Youngstock Mix which is 14% protein, both manufactured by Dodson & Horrell. With this they also get a big handful of Readigrass. I used to feed Dengie Alfa-A instead, but I was getting through so much of it that I changed to Readigrass just to add a bit of roughage to their feeds. I have plenty of grass but don't think it's that great feed value wise though as we had an abundance of thistles all summer which took over a lot!

Anyway, I have a couple of bales of it to try and have been mixing it half and half with their normal haylage, it's really lovely stuff and they love it too. Might be hassle though having to mix the two types all the time though - might leave it for the winter and then just feed it to my filly when it gets nearer to show time for the conditioning value? Does anyone feed it in pure form to their show yearlings?
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post Jan 3 2006, 08:09 PM
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Hi Sasha

I would continue to mix it, if the bales are near each other it shouldn't be a lot more trouble to just add half of each. If it is not expensive I would go for it but cut down their short feed and save money; you don't want growth problems. I would certainly grab it if it was me as it is a very good (and very rich) feed. Just be careful of anyone who needs maintenance rations only but for oldies, brood mares and growing youngstock I would certainly feed it. Just keep an eye on their weight and adjust their feed to suit; cut down on the short feed not the forage and add a good quality supplement to their feed when you cut down to ensure they are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need.

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