BENEFITS OF EXTRUDED FEED FOR EQUINE NUTRITION
SUPERIOR STARCH DIGESTIBILITY
The heat and pressure involved in the extrusion process causes the starch granules in the feed to gelatinise. Gelatinisation enables more complete digestion and absorption of starch in the small intestine. This reduces the risk of undigested starch fermenting in the hindgut and significantly lowers the potential for digestive upsets such as laminitis, whilst supporting a healthier hindgut environment for the digestion of forage and production of B-group vitamins.
DIGESTIBILITY OF GRAINS
The in vitro digestibility for a range of grains assayed using the method of Bird et al. (1999). Extruded rice ranks as the most digestible grain in vitro, followed closely by extruded corn and stream rolled triticale (Mc Gilchrist unpublised).
IMPROVED PROTEIN DIGESTIBILITY
The extrusion process allows the enzymes that breakdown protein (proteases) to work more eciently and therefore extract more protein from the feed for use by the horse.
IMPROVED NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY
The improved digestion of ingredients results in a greater availability of vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids in the diet. These additional nutrients are particularly valuable to young growing horses and performance horses, where maximum nourishment is required, and for older horses which can often have reduced digestive eciency meaning less nutrition is extracted from feed than is desirable for maintaining optimum health and wellbeing.
IMPROVED SALIVA PRODUCTION
Extruded feeds tend to have a lower bulk density than regular pellets, which results in more chewing and greater saliva production when eating. Saliva contains bicarbonate which buers the digestive system and helps reduce the risk of digestive upsets such as ulcers.
IMPROVED DENTAL CARE
The aerated profile of extruded feeds, tends to make them softer than traditional pellets. This softer texture helps with teeth maintenance by slowing down the rate of wear and tear.
Extrusion processing gives the feed a sweet, nutty aroma that is highly attractive to horses.
SUPERIOR FOOD SAFETY
Extruded feeds are cooked at high temperature which kills bacteria thereby minimising the risk of digestive upsets.
Choosing the right feed
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|Broodmares - empty and early gestation||√||√|
|Broodmares- third trimester||√|
|Older Horses +15 YRS||√||√||√|
|Yearlings & 2 YR OLDS||√||√||√|