Thursday, 4 June 2009

Web Site

Season Starts

Here are a few pics of our first day of the season baling.

Monday, 2 March 2009

New Additions to the Team

Welcome to the new team members of Park Farm Haylage.
Maggie who is supposed to be a working rat catching demon but in reality has to be made to go outside and then only to the warmth of the tractor cab, had three little boys.
Murphy, Stig and Number three all have loving homes and second ones waiting for them. It would seem the best form of advertising is to either show people with the horses on the farm the puppies or when delivering haylage to always have Maggie sitting on the passenger seat.
Maggie the perfect mum will at least be free to come with me when the baling season starts but all puppies will be visiting regularly so it will be great to keep seeing them grow.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

A little about horse haylage

Haylage as a product is a unique and specialist forage aimed at the horse feed market and, as its name might suggest, is a combination of hay and silage.
The biggest advantage of haylage over hay is that it is generally considered "dust free", compared to most hay products which are not.
All spores present in haylage are expanded by the presence of moisture and are bound to the grass strands this results in them being eaten rather than inhaled by the horses.
An advantage of haylage is that you don't have to soak haylage (as you would hay, particularly during the summer months when the hay is at it's dryest), which saves a lot of time, energy and water for those who previously had to soak their hay.
Haylage is even more popular with the horses due to its sweet taste, the only downside being that they tend to gobble up their night-time allowance quickly and then stand around bored - this is not good for box-walkers, weavers etc, unless you can find something else to occupy them.
Haylage nets with a tighter mesh than normal hay nets and generally have smaller capacity; this can help to slow down the greedy eaters and help deter the groom from over-feeding the horse.
Haylage is considered richer than hay, and fat ponies get fatter on haylage than they will on hay - haylage is best for working ponies only, or those with broken wind.
Its best to always buy your haylage from a reputable manufacturer and preferably somewhere or someone who has made the haylage themselves, its your horse and knowing the paper trail of how your horses feed has been produced will always give you piece of mind.
Quality is everything when it comes to haylage, so choose a company with its eye on making quality horse haylage, and ask it for an analysis of the product or even a sample (most farmers will be happy to provide this). Good companies do this as matter of course.