Alfa-A Oil Approved by BETA
Recent research suggests that up to 58% of competition and show horses in competitive work have ulcers and up to 59% of leisure horses suffer from Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS).
While there are many possible causes, high concentrate diets and intense exercise have been identified as the trigger in many equines. Feeding more fibre, in particular alfalfa, and reducing reliance on cereal based feeds can be beneficial and advice is that starch intake should be less than 2g per KG of bodyweight per day to reduce the risk of ulcers.
Dengie Alfa-A Oil which now displays the BETA feed mark for equines prone to EGUS is suitable for horses in moderate to hard work helping to improve stamina and condition. Fibre diets are much healthier for horses as they are more sympathetic to the digestive system and provide slow release energy. Alfa-A Oil offers a high calorie ration providing 12.5MJ/kg of Digestible Energy from pure alfalfa fibre and oil when fed in the recommended quantities. It has a comparable energy level to a competition/conditioning mix or cube but with, on average, 10 times less starch.
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Dengie Alfa-A Oil is ideal for promoting weight gain and condition without excitability as it contains high quality, pure alfalfa which provides essential amino acids for topline and muscle condition. Alfa-A Oil is not diluted with straw and other cereal by-products, contains NON-GM ingredients and contains no fillers or preservatives. The high temperature drying used to conserve the alfalfa produces a much cleaner forage than those containing straw and other cereal by-products which are “sun-dried” and variable in quality due to the vagaries of the UK weather.
The alfalfa included in Alfa-A Oil is grown by Dengie’s own farmers who have over 40-years’ experience growing crops and is grown close to the Dengie production sites. The high oil content comes from UK grown rapeseed oil which is all part of the Dengie commitment to low “feed miles” and supporting British farmers.
So if your horse or pony is likely to be a candidate for EGUS then consider the merits of a totally natural, locally produced, Dengie alfalfa diet. And as with all equine health issues, Dengie recommend that you consult your vet if you think your horse could be suffering from EGUS.