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Taking the guesswork out of choosing hay - Part 3 Hay Testing

September 2013 by Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc. (Hons), MSc. (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr

With thanks to SGS Agriculture & Food Laboratories for providing the analysis specifically for this series.

Conserved forages can comprise a large part of the diet of horses; therefore, it is important to review the type and quality of all the roughage we are feeding. Last month, we provided a summary of the roughage sources that are available to horse owners such as hay, chaff, haylage, hay cubes and super fibres.

The type of roughage most suitable for your horse will depend on your horse’s nutritional requirements, the availability of roughage products in your area and the nutritive value of roughage.