Alfalfa Hay for sale is a high-fiber legume hay. It has the same long–strand fiber found in grass hays, only it has more protein, energy and calcium. In general alfalfa has 120% more energy than oat hay. Our alfalfa hay is very fine stemmed and weed free with lots of color. All sizes of animals love our alfalfa hay including rabbits, goats, sheep, horses and cattle.
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Alfalfa hay is one of the best hays fed to horses. Several characteristics of alfalfa make it an excellent hay for horses. Use as treat to add interest to regular diet. This is also the hay young animals (under 1 year) need for healthy growth to adulthood.
- It is highly palatable. Most horses will readily consume alfalfa hay. However, because of its high palatability, intake must be restricted to keep horses from overeating and becoming colicky.
- It is high in energy. Alfalfa hay has 120 percent more energy per unit in weight than oat hay. Therefore, it takes less hay to meet a horse’s nutrient needs when feeding alfalfa hay. However, the high-energy content may lead to overfeeding and to a fat horse.
- It is high in protein. Alfalfa hay is high in good-quality protein. Crude protein values can be as high as 18 to 19 percent. People once thought that feeding alfalfa hay to horses caused kidney damage because of increased urination and ammonia production. We now understand, however, that excess protein in alfalfa is converted into energy compounds, and the nitrogen produced in this conversion must be eliminated as ammonia.
- It is a good source of vitamins and minerals. If cured correctly, vitamin C content will be high. The calcium:phosphorus ratio is about 6:1 and must be considered when feeding young, growing horses.
There are generally five to eight cuttings from an alfalfa field each year when irrigated, four to five when not irrigated. The first cutting will have more weeds and grass; the second cutting is usually clean with small stems. The third cutting is good hay, and the fourth and fifth cuttings begin to have more stems and fewer leaves. As more stems are present, the quality of the hay decreases and palatability declines. click here to view other hay for sale.
It is a leguminous plant with the ability to bind atmospheric nitrogen in its organic form, preventing it from reaching the water table. Its cultivation reduces synthetic nitrogen levels by three.
Alfalfa is renowned for its high protein content which is optimally suited to promote muscle mass in beef cattle or to increase the production of dairy cows. It is also rich in carotene and minerals.
The conditions for establishing alfalfa cultivation are contracted for 4 years between farmers and DOULIERE HAY FRANCE. The seeds used are selected and guaranteed non-GMO and are well-suited to regional climatic conditions (seed dormancy of 5 to 7). The harvests are managed by specialized companies with high-performance equipment to avoid sugar degradation (up to 16% when drying is slow) and the loss of protein-rich leaves, up to 20% for alfalfa.
Moisture readings are taken at each step, from production to storage. Batches that don’t meet quality standards are listed and downgraded. A sample is taken on each batch and analyzed by a certified laboratory. This information guarantees the precision of your rations.
THE TWO MAIN PRODUCTS MADE FROM ALFALFA:
High-quality forage from the most meticulous producers, its value is found in its leaves which are very sensitive to high temperatures and excessive humidity.
Contains calcium, easily assimilated phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, and a variety of trace elements. Plays a role in regulating rumen function and as a buffer substance. Many benefits for conserving and preserving the nutritional qualities of the fresh plant, and for consumption.
16 to 25 % protein. 0,75 FU.
|MS (g/kg raw product)
|830 to 870
25 to 30 %
10 and 12 g/kg
|Food energy||UFC||0,62 to 0,70 g/kg of MS|
|Nitrogen value||MDC||110 to 146 g/kg of MS|