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Equine ingestion of haylage harvested at different plant maturity stages

By Cecilia E. Müller

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The influence of plant maturity at harvest of haylage on equine ingestion times and ingestive behaviour was studied. Haylage was harvested at three different occasions: June, July and August, from the primary growth of the same grass-dominated sward. Twelve adult horses of European warmblood type were divided into three groups and used in a change-over experiment with three periods, so that all horses had been fed each of the three haylages at the end of the experiment. Measurements of eating time (min/kg dry matter (DM)), chewing rate (chews/min), swallowing rate (swallowing/min) and the number of chews/swallowing were made for five consecutive days in each period for each horse. Haylages were analysed for chemical composition and nutritive value. Results showed that horses ingested haylage harvested in June (29min/kg DM) faster (P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 134
Issue 3
Pages 144-151
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.08.005
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  1. Feeds
  2. Foraging
  3. Grasses
  4. Horses