Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by foxieguin, Mar 23, 2009.
Has anyone feed the hay to their horse and how does it compare to just stright alfalfa
Never heard of it. What is it? Hay?
yeah its a mix of Alfalfa, wheat & barley I believe
It is a cross between wheat and rye, not a mix. It is preferred for its wheat-like qualities with the winter hardiness of rye. I know it is fed to cows, but I am not sure of the nutritional value for horses.
Triticale is similar to wheat. It can be baled for feed. The quality of the feed depends on what growth stage it is baled in. The best would be to bale it while the triticale is in the boot stage. Feed value is very comparable to baled green wheat. It's wonderful for grazing, would be great in a bale if baled at that right time. . .
Triticale Use for Green-feed and Hay
There is little research on triticale being used for green-feed hay. However, the optimum time for harvesting cereals as dry hay is the same as silage stages of cutting, late milk to soft dough stages.
Triticale green-feed and hay can be managed similarly to other green- feed and hay sources. Dried-out, late harvested samples can cause palatability issues for animals and create mouth ulceration. These problems can be limited by using the semi-awnless winter variety Bobcat. Varieties with rough awns should be avoided for green-feed or hay or cut earlier before awns become hard and thick.
Triticale straw can be used in animal systems but, along with wheat straw, in not considered to have as high a feeding quality as barley or oat straw. This is likely because of the higher fibre content and lower energy content and protein.
anyone how good it is for horses
Thanks tlwidener I guess i post just after you. From what I am told it is also baled with Alfalfa, at least around here
Oh, I would imagine that triticale bales would be pricier than alfalfa, timothy, or wheat bales. Triticale seed is expensive. It would be a really great feed though.
Triticale isn't a perennial crop like alfalfa. It can be seeded in the fall or early spring, just like wheat. To the inexperienced eye, triticale is ofen mistaken for wheat. Sometimes it seeded with alfalfa to provide cover for the alfalfa while the alfalfa is getting established.
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