A representative sample of Seven Horses Compact Chaff was tested by Equi-Analytical Laboratory in USA. Laboratory results indicate the quality of this Lucerne (Alfalfa) to be excellent. Overall nutrient levels for protein and the major minerals are high.
A common unfavourable feature of Lucerne is to have an excessively high calcium to phosphorus ratio as phosphorus is often lacking, However, in this case the laboratory numbers show a lower than usual result of 3.5:1, mainly due to the high phosphorus level. For horses grazing oxalate grasses that lock up calcium when calcium oxalate forms in the digestive system, this hay is an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus.
This Lucerne (Alfalfa) is an excellent source of fibre with an Acid Detergent Fibre percentage of 21.8. The acid detergent fibre (ADF) is a measure of forage digestibility whereby less than 31% is considered excellent while over 45% is poor. Furthermore, the Neutral Detergent Fibre result is 25.7%. Neutral detergent fibre (NDF) is a measure of cell wall content and relates to how readily a forage is consumed. Less than 40% is regarded as excellent and over 65% is poor.
Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed.
Independent Equine Nutritionist
Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed (Balanced Equine) is an independent equine nutritionist with a science and technology background. She tutors students in Dr Eleanor Kellon’s VMD nutrition courses and is passionate about sharing her knowledge about optimal feed regimes for horses. Carol advocates simple, holistic and cost effective nutrition plans for all horses, including high performance horses and those predisposed to laminitis and can explain the myths, fads and marketing ploys at play in the equine fodder industry.
Ms Layton’s own endurance horse, Omani Mr Sqiggle was the 2009 Australian National Points and Distance horse for her weight division. Together they have competed at top level endurance events including the 400 km marathon Shahzada on three (3) occasions. She has also completed NSW State Championship rides, the National Championship ride and the 160km Tom Quilty. The pair won the Big 3 Award in 2010 for successfully completing the NSW State Championship, the Shahzada and the Tom Quilty for one horse/one rider combination in the one year.
In 2012 Carol was a keynote speaker at the World Hoof Care Conference in Prague. She is currently a lecturer in equine nutrition for the nationally recognised Certificate of Equine Hoof Care course in Tasmania.