Your Equine Needs Under One Roof

Your Equine Needs Under One Roof

Friday, September 28, 2007


Micronizing is a "Short Time, High Temperature" patented process using the grains moisture and infrared heat to achieve conditions essential for the optimal cooking of starch and starch gelatinisation. During processing the grain becomes soft and pliable, causing the reconfiguration of the starch structure (gelatinisation). Immediate flaking fully gelatinises the starches so as to significantly enhance the digestibility and nutritional value of the feed.

HYGAIN® MICRBARLEY® is readily converted and absorbed as glucose in the small intestine, providing energy more efficiently than starch fermented in the large intestine.

The small intestine is the epicentre of nutrient digestion in the horse. Vitamins, minerals, fats, protein and starch are readily absorbed in the small intestine. Research shows that feed digested in the small intestine significantly increases the rate of glucose (energy) absorption. The starch in HYGAIN® MICRBARLEY® is over 95% digested in the horse's small intestine where as the starch in whole or steam flaked barley is only 20-30% digested. The remaining starch is then fermented in the large intestine,this in turn increases the burden on the large intestine producing elevated levels of lactic acid, gas and heat. Using HYGAIN® MICRBARLEY® transfers the site of digestion back to the small intestine.


Min Crude Protein - 11%

Max Crude Fibre - 9%

Min Crude Fat - 2%

. Introduce MICRBARLEY® to your horse's diet gradually over a 7 -14 day period.

. Feed horses little and often. No more than 2kg of MICRBARLEY® should be fed at any one time.

. Avoid over feeding as this may impact on the digestive system.

. Feed by weight and not by volume.

. Ensure horses have access to clean drinking water at all times.

. Ensure horses have access to quality roughage.

.During summer months horses may require supplementation of an electrolyte such as HYGAIN® REGAIN®.

. 1kg of whole or steamed flaked barley can be replaced with approximately 750grams of HYGAIN® MICRBARLEY®.

. HYGAIN® MICRBARLEY® should be fed with roughage and can be mixed with other grains to meet nutrient requirements.

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