Ariaban Essence

Fodder: STRAW
By Agri Farm

Fodder is the basic food for horses, whatever the quantity. Colts start very early on to taste grass and hay, imitating their dam. So fodder is an irreplaceable food. But this term is used also for all types of grass, eaten fresh or preserved in some way – indeed sometimes fodder indicates any fibrous food. As our horse relies on us for a correct supply of food, it is always very useful to know the key characteristics of the various types of forage available.

Below is a short guide to the various types of fibrous foods that can be given to horses: grazing grass, hay, ensiled foodstuff, straw, molichaff, artificially dried grass, enriched forage and complete foods.

Straw is the stalk of a cereal plant, after the nutrient grain or seed has been removed. Already the growing status of the plant (mature seeds) shows that the noblest nutrients are no longer available. Straw is rich in fiber but poor in energy, proteins and minerals. To be precise, it is not even forage, but a “complementary product of forage” or “forage complement”. Straw is worth mentioning here because it is often included in the feeding with the purpose of being eaten, being used (for example in the traditional meal of army horses) or as a supplement to meals made up by complete fodder (its label often says “leave hay or straw available”). In compound fodder, cut up straw is often one of the ingredients of the blend. In this case “cellulosic products” must be mentioned among the ingredients.

More often than not, straw is used as bedding material. In this case, rather than indicating the quantity, it is worth warning owners of the fact that greedy or stressed horses may eat too much straw – they can consume over 20kg a day.

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Agrifarm started its business in 1993 in Vigone, a family-run business that occupies an area of ​​10,000 square meters, They find in their spaces: sheds, silos, warehouses, two dryers, the mill, premises used for production, sale, storage, to the laboratory and offices.

Thanks to the experience gained in the field, they put theirselves at the service of farmers with passion and determination with innovative products that can support modern agriculture.

Their goal is to continue to act as a link between the needs of the various agricultural realities and to guarantee safety and quality from seed to table.

Customer satisfaction combined with trust and mutual esteem is a central part of the company philosophy.
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