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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Haylage - opinions and advice please..

 Well, moving yard in a few days .. (will do another post to explain) and they all feed haylage,

 

good hay is very hard to find around here, even the nice looking bales once opened up are just terrible..anyway, flick is on hay atm, but living out, once moved she will be in during the day and out at night, (back to normal routine) I'd like to feed haylage, as the supply they have is nice, but more like wrapped hay anyway.. but i dont want her to get chubz, so thinking minimal haylage , (despite the fact i prefer to feed adlib) and possibly hay replacer such as hi fi lite ? 

 

who uses haylage? opinions? 

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

We have had to feed Tenor and Tilly haylage for the past 3 months as like yourself we were finding it difficult sourcing quality hay. Tbh I was very dubious about feeding haylage as Tenor being a Welshie puts weight on easily ! And Tilly being 3/4 TB does'nt need hyping up ! The haylage is in those big round bales and is long grass so cut late, therefore it is'nt very rich and suits both horses. I have'nt noticed any change in behaviour but they don't have alot of grass so need some nutrition. When they have access to more grass I will monitor their weight and if need be will switch back to hay. If the haylage that you are using is more like hay then give it a go, try using small holed haynets or put one haynet inside another one to slow down the eating time. If your grazing is fairly good then I would'nt worry about feeding Hi Fi light just try her with maybe one large net throughout the day and one small net. 

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

Yes, these are the big bales too, it'll be like 5 pound each for a big bale between us, which will last probs a week/2 weeks, and when hay is £4 a small bale, and id been using almost 3 bales a week i will save so much money.. (very small, small bales)

 

Flicks been on haylage in the past, but the more commercial types, like horsehage, and i've always found her droppings were loose, which is whats putting me off a little so considering feeding yea sacc rather than a haylage balancer.. but will just see how she gets on, cos its local haylage its not covered in preserves etc, 

 

 

 

 

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

Wow that's so cheap, your'e really lucky, we pay £40.00 for our round bales ! Hopefully if the grass is cut late and it is'nt too rich her droppings won't be too loose.

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

 yeh, im not sure how much they are but im guessing they're reasonably priced, around £30 i think .. no hopefully not as it is quite dry haylage :D 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

I was feeding all the horses I have ever owned on steamed hay, but to do this on a yard is very difficult, now at a completely new yard my horse is on hayledge small bales, ad lib fed from a ground manager, its not suppose to be as rich as hay and contains more water like 50% I am informed, noticed no difference, at the last yard a big bale was bought besides the white mould (sugar mould) there was black mould and it was hot and smelled like raw sewage which made you feel sick as it was as if someone had overflowing cess tank, if everything ok should smell lovely as the hayledge I have now.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

I've been using haylage for the past 3 years as when my herd went up to 3 it worked out much cheaper in the long run.  Our large round bales are £25 if you collect them yourself and is good quality.  As it is quite rich then you don't need to feed as much.  Recently our merchant ran out of it (never been heard of before, but the weather here has been bad and horses are not out as early as they usually are) and I had to use hay again for a week or so, I hated it - it was dustier than the haylage and I had to use twice the amount so it didn't last as long either.  Thankfully they got some more in this week.  I couldn't face going back to hay long term and the horses weren't so keen on it either, especially Zara who at 3 years old had never had it before - she looked as though she was saying "what is this stuff you expect me to eat?"

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

Rhapsody - do you think your experience re cost is fairly universal?  I'm interested as we have 5 between my daughter and I and the friend's pony.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Haylage - opinions and advice please..

SarahR123 said:

Rhapsody - do you think your experience re cost is fairly universal?  I'm interested as we have 5 between my daughter and I and the friend's pony.



 

I would say my feed merchant is a lot cheaper than some other places.  I had to get a couple of bales in from a farmer to tide me over til the feed merchant got his supply in, and I not only had to travel about 20 miles to get it, it was £30 a bale, I bought two to make it worth my while travelling all that way so that was £60, whereas 2 bales from my merchant would only have been £50 and less diesel to get there.  To use the square bales of hay that I used to use would work out a fortune, as they are now £6 each and I would go through approx 15 per week for the 3 of them if they were in, at least, so the round bales are far more economical for me.  I have a couple of friends who are on a livery yard and they buy a bale between them to save money, they get it delivered from a local farmer and they pay £30.  I have heard though that in some parts of the country you can pay £50 a bale.

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