This mix features large leaved plants that can be grazed or used for hay. Australian native hay has high structural carbohydrates and high fiber, properties that make it ideal for alpaca and horse hay.
Sow Rate: 6-8kg per 1000m2
GALLOP: Hay & Pasture Blend
Take action to prevent laminitis in your horses today! Our GALLOP blends of Australian native grasses are a great low sugar, low GI alternative to conventional hay and pasture blends.
In most warm season grasses, both native and introducted, excess carbohydrate is stored as starch. In all the introduced cool season grasses excess carbohydrate is stored as simple sugars such as fructose and glucose. In native Australian cool season grasses carbohydrate is stored as starch which is digested by horse in a non-harmful way. An elevated content of non-structural carbohydrates such as fructose in pasture grasses is found to be one of the main causes of laminitis / founder in horses and ponies. The harmful sugars such as fructose can be found in high levels in introduced species like Wimmera ryegrass (Lolium rigidum), Barley grass (Hordeum leporinum), Barley forage (Hordeum vulgare), Wild oats (Avena fatua), Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata) and Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus).
Native grass pasture is known to be extremely resilient to environmental stresses and has been found to produce forage of high quality on poor quality soil. Native grass pastures are also easy to maintain as they require little fertiliser.
This hay and pasture mix is ideally suited to temperate climates and contains the following species:
- Wheat grass (Anthosachne scabra)
- Kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra)
*The recommended thresholds to avoid equine laminitis are to keep NSC’s below 10 g/100g of the fodder.
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