Wet Chemistry Analysis – Haylage


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This procedure utilises traditional,  wet chemistry, analytical methods to determine nutrient levels in forage for feeding to horses.  It includes levels of  protein, fibre, carbohydrates, moisture, dry matter, digestible energy, crude protein, estimated lysine, acid detergent fibre, neutral detergent fibre, Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC), Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC), starch and non fibre carbohydrates (NFC).

Knowing the percent level of ESC and starch in haylage has been shown to be extremely important when feeding forage to horses prone to laminitis.  A combined level under 10% means that you may not have to soak and rinse the hay to reduce sugars.  Commonly reported total levels of sugar available in other nutritional tests are not sufficient to determine whether forage is suitable for laminitic equines.

This analysis gives information on the nutritional value of your hay. Particularly relevant is information on sugar (ESC and WSC separately) and starch levels for laminitic horses.

A nutritional report will allow Forageplus to decide whether your horse needs additional protein and hard feed or whether just supplementing with minerals will be sufficient to cover all your horses nutritional needs.

Approximately 100 grams of a representative sample is needed.

After you have purchased this analysis please wait for us to send you instructions on how to collect a sample or visit Taking Forage Samples, you will need to send this sample to us at Forageplus, it does not go to the same lab which carries out the mineral analysis. This representative sample will need to be taken from a larger sample which comes from 6 – 10 bales.

Please note there is no postage/delivery charge on this product.

*UK Customers: Please note that as delivery for this analysis is free this product does not count towards your total delivery cost. i.e. free delivery on orders over £80 *




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