My two boys are very good doers they both look really well but I'm concerned that they are not having enough forage to get them through the day when they're in (eg when the field is too boggy for them to go out)
The youngster is actually a bit overweight so if I feed him any more then he will get too fat. They are on a small net of haylage twice a day and I think this only lasts them a couple of hours at the most then they get nothing for about 5 hours which is too long. I already use a small holed net inside a small holed net, what else is there I can do to ease the situation?
They get a feed balancer at tea time then another haylage net late at night. I can't feed hay as allergic so I feel a little bit stuck!
I would definitely give straw a go as a filler, either in a seperate net or mixing it with the haylage. I have read it has a negative effect in that it takes more energy to eat than is in the straw but I'm not so sure, would it be possible to soak at least one if not all of their nets, again I'm aware there has been some research and the results are not always consistant but if it reduced their sugar by even 10% it would help.
Hi-fi unmolassed chaff + pink powder. hay in double small holed nets soaked for one hour prior to feeding and mix with good straw if still not enough. I had this advice last week at local merchants and it seems to be working
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