Nutritional Analysis

Nutritional Analysis

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So that you can be sure you are getting the highest nutrition, Chaffhaye Alfalfa is tested by an independent, third-party laboratory. The table below highlights a nutritional analysis, as well as each nutrient’s role in promoting animal health and performance.

Nutritional Analysis As Fed* In Dry Form* Benefits
Crude Fiber Max 11% 23% Required for proper gut motility and digestion. High fiber intake reduces incidence of diarrhea, colic and laminitis.
Crude Protein Min 9% 20% Building material for body. Improves growth, endurance, reproduction and performance of animals (lactation, fleece, horn, hooves, etc.)
Lysine Min 0.40% 0.80% An essential amino acid for growth and constitutes a percentage of muscle mass.
Methionine Min 0.10% 0.20% An essential amino acid for growth and constitutes a percentage of muscle mass.
Crude Fat Min 1.80% 4.00% Increases energy. Improves palatability.
Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF) Max 15% 33% For alfalfa, lower numbers reflect low levels of stem matter and high levels of nutrient-dense leaf matter.
Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF) Max 15% 34% Indicates the amount of acid soluble fiber and lignin in forage. An ADF % of <35% for alfalfa indicates premium quality.
Total Digestive Nutrients (TDN) Min 29.30% 65% Indicates premium to supreme quality alfalfa
Calcium (Ca) Min 0.70% 1.60% Required for bone development and strength. Important in muscle contraction, metabolism,   blood clotting and activation of enzymes.
Phosphorus (P) Min 0.10% 0.20% Metabolizes fat, carbohydrates, calcium and sugar. Important in bone growth, production of energy and proper utilization of vitamins.
Copper (Cu) Min 3.6 ppm 8 ppm Required in several enzyme systems that maintain and synthesize connective tissue. Aids reproduction and promotes immune system. Supports hair color in ruminants.
Zinc (Zn) Min 8.1 ppm 18 ppm Required in several enzyme systems for growth and maintenance of cartilage, hoof   formation and healthy skin.
Magnesium (Mg) Min 0.20% 0.50% Assist with muscle contraction and is an important ion in the blood. Is an activator of many enzymes.
Potassium (K) Min 1.10% 2.80% Important in regulation of osmotic pressure and acid-base balance within body. Regulates thyroid function.
Sodium (Na) Min 0.09% 0.20% Critical in maintaining central nervous system. Acts with potassium to regulate fluid content of cells.
Iron (Fe) Min 68 ppm 150 ppm Critical in oxygen transport in blood and cellular respiration.
Manganese (Mn) Min 13 ppm 28 ppm Required for carbohydrate and fat metabolism and normal reproductive function. Also important in cartilage formation.
Selenium (Se) Min .09 ppm .20 ppm Instrumental in proper muscle growth and function. Prevents white muscle disease in young.
Selenium (Se) Max .18 ppm .40 ppm Selenium in small quantities aids in preventing cell damage.
Vitamin A Min 180 iu/lb. 400 iu/lb. Helps ensure red blood cell production, tendon strength, fertility and healthy skin.
Vitamin D3 Min 675 iu/lb. 1500 iu/ib Regulates the absorption of calcium and magnesium and the excretion of phosphorus.
Vitamin E Min 45 iu/lb. 100 iu/lb. Improves stamina and performance of livestock. Aids in muscle strength.
Natural Plant Juices Max 55% 0% Eliminates dust.  Reduces risk of impaction. More easily chewed by senior animals.


Sugars and Starches As Fed* In Dry Form* Benefits
Non-fiber Carbohydrates (NFC) Min 13.50% 30% Consists of starch, fermentation acids and pectin. This is a measure of the energy in feeds..
Starch Min/Max 1.2% to 1.5% 2.7% to 3.1% A polysaccharide used by the animal as an energy source.
Non-Structural Carbohydrates (NSC) Min/Max 3.5% to 4.2% 5.6% to 9.0% A measure of easily digestible carbohydrates, usually consisting of sugars and starches. In current lab analyses, this component is further broken down into separate analyses for starch, water soluble carbohydrates, and ethanol soluble carbohydrates (see below).
Water Soluble Carbohydrates Min/Max 2.3% to 2.8% 5.1% to 6.2% Simple sugars and fructans. Fructans digest in the large intestine of a horse. Excessive   amounts can upset the microbial populations leading to colic or laminitis.
Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC) Min/Max 1.5% to 1.9% 3.3% to 4.2% A subset of WSC that includes the sugars that are primarily digested in the small intestine   and give a true glycemic response in horses.


Fermentation Results As Fed* In Dry Form* Benefits
Lactic Acid Min 3.33% 7.40% The goal of good fermentation is to maximize lactic acid. The more lactic acid, the quicker the fermentation was accomplished, dropping pH and preserving nutrients. A quick drop in pH reduces protein breakdown and stops unwanted microbial growth.
VFA Score Min N/A 9.1 The VFA Score is a “Report Card” provided by the independent forage laboratory on the success or failure of the fermentation process on a scale of 1 to 10. A score of 8 or higher is considered “good to excellent.”


* As Fed vs Dry Form

Because we make a packaged feed we are required to show an “as fed” and “dry matter” basis. The dry matter basis assumes all the moisture was removed. This is presented to help people make a comparison between various feeds, all which have some amount of moisture. The “as fed” takes the moisture into account. The moisture, of course, has no nutritional value, but in the case of Chaffhaye, it’s that moisture that increases the nutritional value by increasing the digestibility and absorption. Feed labels can be very misleading. A product could have a great feed label but if that nutritional value is not absorbed and ends up on the ground as manure, you really haven’t gotten what you paid for.

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