The level of starch in forage tends to be low, but in conjunction with the amount of water-soluble carbohydrate is important for estimating the amount of non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) in a forage. Laminitis prone horses, those with IR/EMS and PPID (Cushing’s) may need their intake of NSC to be restricted in order to help manage the problem.
Current recommendations for the management of laminitis prone horses, those with IR/EMS and PPID (Cushing’s) horses are to try to feed hay or feeds with less than 10-12% NSC on a dry matter basis. These figures are primarily based on personal observations and experiences rather than specific scientific studies to show that these levels are ‘safe’. In practice all horses are individuals and the severity of the metabolic issues that they have will vary. Some horses may be managed on hays higher than this level without an issue, whilst management of others may be difficult even on levels of around 10-12%.
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Results can only give a good approximation of what is in your forage if a good representative sample is taken. We suggest taking samples from several bales if practically possible and mixing them together to make the final sample. As a guide we need approximately ½ a carrier bag sized sample.
Postage is at your own cost. Please exclude as much air as possible prior to packing. Try to send your sample at the beginning of the week to avoid it sitting in the post over the weekend. Please send your sample including details of the forage type and services required and your contact details in a covering letter to the following address: –
Dengie Crops Ltd, Howells Farm, Maypole Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4SY
Please allow 2 weeks for the NIR analysis and up to 1 month for all other services. At busy times it may take longer.
With 8 years experience of working in the equine nutrition industry, we are pleased to introduce the newest member of our Nutrition Team, Katie Reeve!
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