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Many parts of Queensland and New South Wales haven’t received adequate rainfall and are currently experiencing unprecedented hot conditions.  This is resulting in a massive reduction of pasture quality and quantity.  Australia’s dry seasons and/or dry years result in pastures that have insufficient nutrient levels...

Before we delve too deeply into the massive topic of ruminant nutrition.  Let’s start by covering the basics.  What is a ruminant animal and what is the role of their digestive system?  The primary difference between ruminants and non-ruminants is that ruminants' stomachs have “four”...

Chances are if you have ever discussed feeding your horses with me you would have had to answer a few questions such as, “What kind of feed do you use and how much of it do you feed?”  Usually I get an answer that goes...

Soil is a living and life giving natural resource that can be defined as a complex natural material derived from decomposed and disintegrated rock and organic materials.  Soil provides a number of essential functions such as: physical stability and support for plants, a site for nutrient...

Bighead or more accurately, Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism is a condition that develops as a result of a calcium imbalance within the horse’s diet.  During periods of calcium shortage, horses will mobilise calcium and phosphorus from their bones to keep blood calcium levels normal.  When this...

Supplementation is used to bridge the gap between the nutrients supplied by pasture and what the animal actually requires. What happens when feed is dry? Pastures are the cheapest form of feed for livestock, however, once pastures age,  hay-off or are frost-affected, the quality decreases and livestock...

  Feeding horses that suffer from laminitis is an issue faced by increasing numbers of horse owners all over Australia.  There are so many conflicting “do’s and don’ts” out there that it can give you a major headache just thinking about it!  Having said this, here...

A lot of livestock nutritional information available to farmers in Australia is focused on feeding animals during dry feed situations.  Maintaining stock during drought or dry conditions can be costly and challenging for farmers and when the rain comes there is a huge sigh of...

If you have read the previous blogs Laminitis and Founder In Horses, What Are the Most Common Signs Of Laminitis and What Causes Laminitis and you are concerned that your horse may be at risk then look into it straight away.  If you suspect that your...

Now that we have an understanding of “what is laminitis and founder in horses” and “what are the most common signs of laminitis”, it’s time to talk about possible causes of this painful disease. A definitive cause of laminitis and the exact mechanisms by which the...

Continuing on from the previous article on Laminitis And Founder In Horses.  Imagine walking out to get your horse from the paddock and you notice that he/she just doesn’t seem like their normal self and is walking oddly or not wanting to move at all....

One of the most common horse feed related questions that I get asked is, “What can I feed my horse that suffers from laminitis?”.  This is not surprising as laminitis is one of the most common causes of lameness and disability in horses and ponies....