Lignocellulose for optimal feeding management
Many horses and ponies are good feed converters. If the feed continuously contains high amounts of starch and sugar, the animals become overweight over the years. The problem is intensified by physical inactivity. With increasing weight, the risk of horses developing diet-related diseases such as insulin resistance, equine metabolic syndrome and laminitis grows. Especially overweight horses and ponies suffer from these metabolic disorders.
Lignocellulose – fibre-rich component for compound feed
Special feed mixes containing compound feed components that are poor in starch and rich in fibre such as JELUVET® are suitable for helping overweight horses and ponies to lose weight. Our JELUVET® lignocellulose has a consistent crude fibre (CF) content of more than 70% of dry matter or an ADF proportion (cellulose and lignin) of 76% of dry matter. The purely natural lignocellulose reduces the energy content of compound feed. Combined with regular physical activity, such feed aids horses in gradually reducing their fat deposits. With decreasing weight, the risk of laminitis and other diet-related diseases is also lowered.
Lignocellulose stabilises the quantity of crude fibre
Depending on context and the analytical methods used, cellulose may be described as crude fibre, dietary fibre, ADF minus ADL or insoluble fibre. In plants, cellulose is present in combination with hemicellulose and lignin. The amount of lignin varies according to how woody a plant is. Cellulose is a major component of roughage such as hay, straw and grass meal, as well as of wheat bran, sugar beet pulp, soya husks and rice bran. The amount of cellulose and components such as lignin and hemicellulose found with it in natural feeds varies. A plant’s crude fibre content depends on the season in which it is harvested, growing conditions, the type of plant and its maturity. The quality of natural feeds is also affected by the length of time for which they are stored and storage conditions. Careful checks are necessary to minimise the risk of bacterial colonisation and mycotoxins.
JELUVET® evens out variations in the crude fibre content of natural feeds and standardises the crude fibre concentration of horse feed. Regular laboratory tests and the latest manufacturing processes ensure that JELUVET® is of impeccable quality.
JELUVET® is free of mycotoxins and consists of:
65% crude fibre
(Weende feed analysis)
87% NDF (hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin)
67% ADF (cellulose and lignin)
25% ADL (lignin)
(Van Soest detergent analysis)