Booralite Park located in Australia
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14 May 2014
We have absolutely no doubt as to the value that Porta-Grazer has provided to our business here at Booralite Park.
Aug 19, 2013 The big truck arrived this morning! The digestive health of confined Australian horses is about to improve! Porta-Grazers™ are in Australia!!
I don’t believe we have saved in terms of expenditure with our hay because we definitely feed more hay now we have Porta-Grazers in each box & yard. Pre-PG we fed out 1 biscuit of hay in the morning and 1 in the evening. We now fill up our PGs every morning with 3 biscuits of hay per horse and often need to top up with a biscuit or 2 each in the afternoon to keep them going overnight. So from 2 biscuits/day we average probably 4 biscuits/day – double the quantity. Having said that, we no longer feed chaff in our AM & PM hard feeds so that has offset the extra hay costs. The important point is, although we are feeding more hay, the hay that we are feeding is ALL being eaten, not wasted on the floor.
Prior to PGs being utilised – colic cases – average 2-3/month (mild to severe).
Post-PGs — ZERO!!! We don’t spend time walking horses around that are showing signs of colic – this is now a thing of the past.
Our horses are mostly 2 and 3 years of age thoroughbreds which we are breaking in or pre-training. The behaviour of these young horses is so obviously more relaxed. We have quiet nights (living above the stables!!) and really all you can hear is munching whereas we would often hear kicking, pawing, banging of feed troughs etc. There is a general air of calm around the stables and they all have something to do, all day and all night long to relieve their boredom and/or anxiety. In general we believe our horses are much more calm to handle and if there is something wrong with them we know we don’t have to consider digestive issues as a possibility. I did mention to you also that we haven’t had a broken fluorescent globe in any of our stable lights since August 2013 either, a result of bored horses playing up in their boxes!
4) Labour Savings in Horse Care
This is very difficult to quantify as far as cleaning the boxes is concerned – what time we save in picking up waste hay is possibly offset with driving the quad bike & hay trailer around and refilling each PG am & pm. At least we can say that the labour is not a waste of time. At any time of day when our owners decide to pop in for a look, our boxes always look neat, clean and presentable.
Booralite Park Pty Ltd
Lot 2, 150 Ellett Road
PAKENHAM SOUTH Vic 3810
Ph/Fax:(03) 59 426 189
Mob: 0407 187 198
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