Haylage offers horse owners an alternative feed to hay with a number of advantages. In particular, haylage has important health benefits as it contains a significant low number of dust particles, reducing the incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and related illnesses.
A number of studies have indicated better nutritive value of, and preference to, haylage compared to hay for horses. However, if not produced correctly haylage does pose a number of health risks to horses than hay. In this fact sheet we highligh the potential risks and solutions to help produce safe and quality haylage.