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Review: Feeding conserved forage to horses: recent advances and recommendations

Harris, P. A. and Ellis, A. D. and Fradinho, M. J. and Jansson, Anna and Julliand, Veronique and Luthersson, N. and Santos, A. S. and Vervuert, I. (2017). Review: Feeding conserved forage to horses: recent advances and recommendations. Animal. 11:6, 958-967
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1751731116002469

Abstract

The horse is a non-ruminant herbivore adapted to eating plant-fibre or forage-based diets. Some horses are stabled for most or the majority of the day with limited or no access to fresh pasture and are fed preserved forage typically as hay or haylage and sometimes silage. This raises questions with respect to the quality and suitability of these preserved forages (considering production, nutritional content, digestibility as well as hygiene) and required quantities. Especially for performance horses, forage is often replaced with energy dense feedstuffs which can result in a reduction in the proportion of the diet that is forage based. This may adversely affect the health, welfare, behaviour and even performance of the horse. In the past 20 years a large body of research work has contributed to a better and deeper understanding of equine forage needs and the physiological and behavioural consequences if these are not met. Recent nutrient requirement systems have incorporated some, but not all, of this new knowledge into their recommendations. This review paper amalgamates recommendations based on the latest understanding in forage feeding for horses, defining forage types and preservation methods, hygienic quality, feed intake behaviour, typical nutrient composition, digestion and digestibility as well as health and performance implications. Based on this, consensual applied recommendations for feeding preserved forages are provided.

Authors/Creators:Harris, P. A. and Ellis, A. D. and Fradinho, M. J. and Jansson, Anna and Julliand, Veronique and Luthersson, N. and Santos, A. S. and Vervuert, I.
Title:Review: Feeding conserved forage to horses: recent advances and recommendations
Series/Journal:Animal (1751-732X)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:11
Number:6
Page range:958-967
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1751-732X
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L51 Animal physiology - Nutrition
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:forage, health, hygiene, behaviour, requirements
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4360
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4360
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000401839900006
ID Code:14521
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:18 Sep 2017 06:19
Metadata Last Modified:18 Sep 2017 06:24

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