What is Haylage?

Haylage is a grass crop that is cut and wilted in the same way as hay, but baled one or two days earlier aiming for a dry matter of 60-75%. The bale is multi wrapped and stored until a mild fermentation process is complete, producing a moist, dust free product.

After a suitable period of time, our large bales are checked for quality and then re-baled into our smaller product. The haylage is densely compressed to extrude as much air as possible, and heat sealed in manageable sized packs ensuring none of the quality is lost.

Within all West Lancs Haylage sealed products the sugars are broken down by micro-organisms to produce a mild fermentation. The pH of the grass drops slightly to produce a material which is a moist, dust free, palatable and safe forage for horses.

All of our Haylage crop is made from Italian and Perennial rye grasses grown as a short term ley.

Tractor mowing hay

Respiratory Benefits

Hay should be baled at 90% dry matter to try to reduce the risk of dust and mould problems. This is often not possible, and feeding anything but the very best quality hay carries with it the risk of dust and consequent respiratory diseases.

The mild fermentation which occurs within all West Lancs Haylage sealed products ensures a material which is a moist, dust free, and palatable forage for horses.

The most common cause of respiratory diseases in horses is an allergic reaction to dust and mould spores in Hay. Damping hay down is a laborious and ineffective solution.

Feeding sweet , moist, palatable West Lancs Haylage to your horse is a guarantee of a dust free, safe forage which your horse will thrive on.