Founded in 1968 as a farmer’s cooperative, Dengie is still run today with the same ethos of supporting the local farming community. We grow as many of our own ingredients as possible which keeps our ‘feed miles’ low and provides the best traceability possible – every bag of our horse feed can be traced back to the field it was grown in.
Dengie pioneered the use of high temperature drying techniques in the UK to conserve the nutritional quality of fibre for horses. This drying process – unlike traditional sun-drying techniques used to make hay – allows crops to be harvested much earlier, making them more digestible and higher in energy and natural nutrients. This means our feeds are consistently clean with very low levels of dust and mould, making them ideal for the performance horse or those with respiratory problems.
Fibre is vital for the health of the horse’s digestive systems and we believe that everyone should “think fibre first” with their horse’s diets. For most horses and ponies, a fibre only diet will easily meet their energy requirements. Discover more about the Dengie range of fibre feeds today [link].
Although alfalfa is often perceived as a relatively “new” feed for horses, it has actually been used for thousands of years and the name “alfalfa” comes from Arabic, Persian and Kashmiri words meaning “best horse fodder” and “horse power”. You may also hear the name “Lucerne” used, which can cause confusion, but it is just another name for alfalfa.
Alfalfa provides an excellent source of slow release energy in a naturally nutritious form. Discover more about alfalfa and why we think it makes the best feed for your horse [link to article about why alfalfa – natural benefits and benefits for horse].
The Dengie philosophy is to create the best and healthiest feeds we can and supporting research projects into equine nutrition plays an important part in the company’s ongoing commitment to improve horse health. Dengie employs a team of highly qualified nutritionists who are actively involved in research projects with respected institutions around the world. This includes working with agronomists to develop our crops so they are even more nutritious for your horse – we are in the enviable position of being able to influence our feed right from the seed!
Our commitment to the nutritional care and well-being of horses will always be the main reason you can rely on Dengie.