Lowe Farms is a 7th generation family farm located 70km north of Adelaide, South Australia. We’ve been producing premium quality hay and straw for the domestic market since 1865.
With our recent addition of a chaff mill, we now offer high-quality, long-cut chaff – including oaten, wheaten, meadow and lucerne blends – for horses, ponies and many other animals.
Our Chaff & Hay Products:
We Sell What We Grow
All the oaten, wheaten, meadow hay and chaff we sell is grown on our farm, and we work with an innovative farm near us to supply all lucerne, so we have complete control over the quality and testing of our fodder.
Horses and ponies across South Australia love our chaff, but it’s also ideal for other farm and domestic animals including cattle, donkeys, goats, sheep, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs. Plus, many of our chaff products are available in 15kg vacuum sealed plastic bags rather than 25kg, so the chaff is fresher, easier to move and easier to store.
Why Choose Lowe Farms Chaff & Hay
All our products are grown on the Adelaide Plains, an area known to produce the best hay in Australia due to quicker ripening with less potential of weather damage or retained moisture. With Lowe Farms, your horses, stock and pets will enjoy only the best!
”It's bloody good feed.Katie Clark
”The Role of Chaff in Horse Feeds
Chaff provides only a small amount of nutrient in a horse’s total intake independent of whether it is lucerne, oaten or wheaten chaff. Its addition to hard or concentrate feeds is, however, important, both from a palatability influence and because it slows down the rate at which a horse eats its hard feed. This means more chewing and stimulation of saliva over a longer period. This is a most important role as the more saliva produced, the better the digestive function. The more saliva, the less chance of gastric upsets from digestive causes. A secondary impact of longer feeding time is a psychological influence on the horse’s well-being.
The type of chaff dramatically influences the chewing process. Short-cut chaff only increases the time taken to eat a hard feed because of the extra bulk. It hardly gets chewed. Long- cut chaff means the horse actually chews the chaff as well as the hard feed, meaning a much longer eating time and therefore a much larger output of saliva.
The other impact of long-cut chaff is that even after chewing the chaff segments are of uneven length when swallowed. This then influences gut function as the fibre moves through the gut. Uneven lengths bounce from side to side of the gut wall stimulating contraction, whereas similarly sized short pieces of fibre provide little stimulation.
For these reasons, I recommend the use of long-cut chaff in hard feeds, especially when totally dry feed is offered.
Dr Andrew R Hunt, BVMS, B. Sc, B. Rur.Sc(Hons)
Morphettville Equine Veterinary Clinic