Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Effects of Soaking on Protein, Mineral Loss in Hay

Thehorse.com - Full Article

By Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS • Jan 17, 2013 • Article #31220

Providing a diet low in nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC), such as sugars and starch, is key to maintaining horses diagnosed with diseases such as laminitis, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP), and polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM). Soaking hay not only helps reduce dust, but also NSC, making it a popular option for maintaining horses with these health issues.

But could soaking have other undesired effects on hay? To find out, researchers recently investigated the impact of water temperature and soaking duration on protein and mineral concentration in orchardgrass and alfalfa hay...

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