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Alfalfa Hay 425g/15oz

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Alfalfa Hay is a high-fibre legume forage hay that is sometimes called the “Queen of Forages”. It differs from grass hays such as timothy, orchard grass and brome in the leaf, stem, and root structure. Alfalfa Hay is legume hay and the protein, calcium and energy content are higher than in grass hay. Because we take special care and bale at night, you will find that Oxbow’s Alfalfa Hay has a soft stem with the leaves attached.

 

 

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Description

Alfalfa Hay

  • A high protein, energy and calcium legume hay. Perfect importantly for young, lactating, ill or post-surgical animals.
  • Has the same long-strand fibre found in grass hays, and with more protein, energy and calcium.
  • Perfect for animals requiring concentrated nutrition because they are young or lactating, ill or post-surgical.
  • Alfalfa Hay, mixed with any other Oxbow grass hay, creates a rich, flavoursome and nutritious treat.

Nutrition
Ingredients

100% Alfalfa Hay. Preservative and additive free.
Loose hay contains stems, leaves, and limited seed heads.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min) 16.00%
Crude Fat (min) 1.50%
Crude Fibre (max) 32.00%
Moisture max 15.00%

Feeding
Feeding Directions

Growing Animals (under 6 months): Unlimited amounts, plus free choice grass hay.
Mature Animals: Occasional small amounts.
Nursing Females: Unlimited amounts in addition to free choice grass hay.

Other Points to Note

Alfalfa Hay should only be offered carefully to mature rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and prairie dogs because of the higher protein and calcium content.

Many vets believe that animals prone to kidney stones, bladder stones or calcium crystals in their urine should always avoid alfalfa.

Alfalfa Hay can be used to help animals gain weight and besides that it will give a nice shine to their fur.

Elderly animals should be fed foods they enjoy, such as alfalfa, importantly when considering quality of life.

If you have thin or convalescing animals Alfalfa Hay can be used in small amounts as an appetite stimulant for .

If your Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas are under six months of age can be given Alfalfa Hay daily.

After six months of age you should begin a gradual transition to 100% grass hay such as Oat Hay, Western Timothy or Orchard Grass.

How much do I feed daily?

Alfalfa Hay can be fed daily to growing animals as 25% of their total dietary intake, however adult animals should be limited to a SMALL pinch as a treat.

For more information on hay variability tips and tricks click here.

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Additional information

Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 32 × 19 × 13 cm
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Alfalfa Hay is a high-fibre legume forage hay that is sometimes called the "Queen of Forages". It differs from grass hays such as timothy, orchard grass and brome in the leaf, stem, and root structure. Alfalfa Hay is legume hay and the protein, calcium and energy content are higher than in grass hay. Because we take special care and bale at night, you will find that Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay have a soft stem with the leaves attached. Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay is an outstanding feed for young animals. It contains more crude protein, digestible energy, and calcium levels than any other forage. In addition, it has the fibre content needed for normal digestive functioning. Alfalfa provides the essential calcium necessary for growing bones. Alfalfa is also a source of important minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, zinc and selenium. Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay should not be fed to all animals. But if used carefully, in certain situations, it can be a valuable tool in nutritional management. Due to its succulent taste, Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay can be used as an appetite stimulant when an animal is ill or for post-surgical patients. Because it is high in fibre, a small pinch can be given as a treat.

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