5 Things you should know about SPILLERS™ Alfalfa-Pro FibrePublished December 28, 2022
Feeding short chopped alfalfa is great way of helping to increase your horse’s fibre intake and slow eating time. Alfalfa is also naturally high in protein and bioavailable calcium which is thought to provide a buffer to stomach acid. If you’re looking for a high oil alfalfa blend, here are 5 reasons why SPILLERS™ Alfalfa-Pro Fibre may be the ideal choice…
1. High in oil and calories
Oil packs a real punch when it comes to calories – gram for gram, oil is approximately 2.5 times higher in energy compared to cereal grains but starch (and sugar) free. SPILLERS Alfalfa-Pro Fibre provides the same level of calories as a conditioning feed – the high oil content also helps to support optimum coat shine.
2. Low in starch and sugar
Feeds high in fibre and low in starch and sugar are ideal for supporting digestive health and reducing the risk of excitability. SPILLERS Alfalfa-Pro Fibre is suitable for leisure horses and performances alike, including those prone to gastric ulcers and laminitis.
3. Includes vitamin E
Unlike many other high oil alfalfa feeds, SPILLERS Alfalfa-Pro fibre contains vitamin E to balance the high oil content. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and plays a key role in supporting immune health.
Ideal for feeding alongside compound feeds and balancers
Aside from vitamin E, SPILLERS Alfalfa-Pro Fibre doesn’t contain added vitamins and minerals making it ideal for feeding alongside the recommended amount of compound feed or balancer. This allows the flexibility of adjusting the feeding rate to best suit the needs of your horse, without unbalancing their diet.
BETA® EGUS approved
SPILLERS Alfalfa-Pro Fibre carries the BETA® EGUS approval mark, providing added reassurance of its suitability for horses and ponies prone to gastric ulcers. To be awarded the mark, products must pass a rigorous three-stage approval process which includes:
- Examination of the ingredients, labelling, packaging and marketing claims
- A review of the packaging and all marketing materials by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to ensure no medicinal claims are made
- Independent laboratory analysis
For advice on choosing the most suitable fibre for your horse contact the SPILLERS Care-Line on 01908 226626.
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