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post #11 of 17 Old 10-14-2009, 11:51 PM
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I think it must be different in AUS, settle down!

There is nothing resembling corn in what we call silage here. Where I live, Silage is hay that is cut and then buried in a silage pit to ferment. Sounds the same as your haylage to me.

I haven't seen/read any of the studies so I may well be wrong, but I have ALWAYS been told that silage is not suitable to feed to horses. Cattle have a very different digestive system to horses, being ruminate, and the bacteria in silage can upset a horses delicate digestion when a cow can just plow through it.

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-15-2009, 12:26 AM
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Can you feed a complete feed that requires no hay and just offer the haylage as well, but not have to depend on it for nutrition, but supply it is make them happy to munch, as horses like to do?
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Bubblegum -- in my part of the world, the biggest concern with haylage is the possibility of tetanus from rotting protein in the hay (mice, etc.) The vets here put haylage-fed horses on an injection routine to prevent infection. It is several shots over, I think, 3 months. Thereafter it is semi-annual to maintain.

Why not make a quick call to the local vet?

And Haylage vs. Silage? All haylage is silage, but not all silage is haylage. Silage is any fermented field crop (hay, oats, corn, barley, or mix thereof). Haylage is silage made from hay, Oatlage is made from oats, etc. etc. In my experience, silage is whatever the farmer had leftover that he could feed over the winter as a general purpose fibre feed. Generally, plain-jane silage is piled in a pit, compost area, silo, etc. Haylage, oatlage, etc are wrapped as they are more marketable that way for their specific feeding purposes.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-15-2009, 02:27 AM
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^ Fair enough, sounds correct :] I have just never heard of haylage; It is all called silage here!

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post #15 of 17 Old 10-15-2009, 09:14 AM
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I went back and reread parts of "Feeds and Feeding" last night and the study at the university of Missouri was using corn Silage. There are several major companies in the US and in Europe that make haylage just for horses - we looked at doing it ourselves about 5 years ago. It was a little too expensive at the time for us to undertake. Several of the "Hay in a Bag" type products are haylage.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-15-2009, 05:24 PM
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I've never heard of 'Hay in a Bag' either! Us poor Australians :]

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-15-2009, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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i knoe you can get haylage in a bag its only about 15kg and says on it it should feed two horses for 5 days.

thank you all so much for looking into this for me i have been concerned about this.

to put everyones minds at rest i have managed to buy hay which will be arriving the day after the foals arrive, its good stuff and got a great deal on it
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