Hay and Haylage

Skerne Copperfield haylage fed
Home-bred Skerne Copperfield being put through his paces

Forage makes up the largest proportion of any equine diet. Whether you choose hay or haylage it is important to buy good quality. We would always recommend that you base your horse/ponies diet on good advice from a vet or equine nutritionalist. Diets vary depending on breed, age, work-load and the amount of grazing available.
We offer a range of bale size and product to ensure your horse gets the correct forage.

Choosing your forage

Haylage is produced in a different way to hay, to provide a dust-free high feed value forage. Haylage is wilted grass, which is baled and then wrapped in plastic. This allows the grasses to go through a fermentation process, which produces a sweet, balanced feed, without the dust and spores often found in traditional hay. This helps with horses respiratory and digestive systems.
The fermentation process also means that haylage usually has a higher nutritional value than hay, with a lower sugar content. Most specifically with higher protein and energy content.
Haylage is baled with a higher moisture content than hay. This means it is a very palatable to the horse and can be fed without soaking; meaning less mess, low waste and much quicker.

Changing from hay to haylage

When making any change to an equine diet it should be a progressive introduction. We recommend that you introduce haylage over a period of more than one week. This allows the animal to gradually get used to the higher feed value. It will also help you to become used to the product and how best to feed and handle it.

How much to feed?

Always ensure the diet is suited to your horse/ponies specific needs. If you are unsure seek advice from a qualified equine nutritionalist or your vet. Typically forage is fed on a weight basis; a rough guide is 2% of body weight per day. The forage and hard feed elements of any equine diet should be compatible. If you require a nutritional analysis on any of our products please contact us.

Added benefits from Haylage

  • Reduced hard feed costs due to higher feed value
  • Quality fibre element of the diet
  • Respiratory and digestive benefits
  • Can be stored outside
  • Great for fussy feeders
  • Can be used to improve condition or help gain weight
  • A balanced, consistent forage
  • Cost effective

Product Choice

With a choice of bale size and grass type, we can tailor each order to suit customers specific requirements. See our products. In certain cases it may be recommended that you feed hay. At Skerne Leys we provide a full range of forage products and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us if you require any further information.

Why Skerne Leys?

With a dedicated staff and a wealth of experience in producing equine forage and feeding it, we pride our business on the quality of, not only the products, but also the service we provide to our customers. We are here to help and value feed back to help us develop in the future.
We offer a delivery service to suit our customer, from orders of a couple of bales up to large lorry loads. All of our products can be delivered on pallets using our own lorry mounted forklift. This is a fast and convenient method, saving you time and effort.
For a quote or any further information please contact us.