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nafcore -- Your Bedding Solution
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Introduction to Kenaf and Nafcore Horse Bedding

 

 

Kenaf is an annual plant, related to cotton and okra, currently grown and processed in eastern North Carolina. Nafcore horse bedding is the natural plant fiber from the center or core of the plant. The core is a very porous, spongy, minimally compressible material. It is light, creamy tan in color and has a low lignin and high cellulose fiber content. Kenaf has a carbon to nitrogen ratio similar to a coarse hay. There are no chemicals added in the processing of the plant and no chemical residues associated with the growth of the plant. Kenaf is harvested using technology similar to hay production, i.e., cutting, windrowing, and baling before being processed.

 

Please refer to our MSDS sheet for more information.

 

Kenaf has several outstanding characteristics making it a unique bedding product for horses:

 

1)     Relative low dust compared to typical wood shavings

2)     Three times the absorptive capacity of wood shavings and straw products

3)     Excellent ammonia control

4)     Prolonged longevity in the stall due to moisture absorption and evaporation cycle

5)     Ease of use resulting in reduced stall cleaning time

Kenaf works differently than wood shavings or straw. Urine passes through the top layers of kenaf bedding and the liquids are absorbed by the bottom of the bedding layer. This leaves a dry top layer. For the horse who constantly walks and stirs the bedding, rapid evaporation of the liquid component of urine allows the bedding pieces to be available for additional absorption. Due to the increased absorptive capacity, kenaf bedding can be placed in the stall at a reduced depth. 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs about Nafcore.

 

Is there any circumstance under which a horse might eat Nafcore horse bedding?

 

Yes, but there should be no greater interest on the part of the horse for Nafcore than for any other new bedding or material placed in a stall. Horses are naturally curious and often explore new items with their mouth and may ingest some new material due to their curiosity.

 

Is there any risk if a horse ingests Nafcore?

 

Under ordinary circumstances there should be no greater risk of ingesting kenaf bedding than there is in the ingesting of coarse hay in similar quantities.

 

Can complications develop if a horse ingests Nafcore?

 

As in the case of ingestion of similar amounts of course hay, complications may develop. This depends on the horse and the amount ingested. Circumstances that might lead to impaction associated with ingestion of kenaf are the same as for the ingestion of other coarse roughage products These may include inadequate hydration of the digestive system associated with sub-optimal fluid intake caused by strenuous exercise, extreme heat or cold, extensive travel or diarrhea.

 

Adequate hydration is a major preventative measure against any number of potential equine problems, including prevention of impaction and other digestive problems. Recommendations for providing adequate hydration should prevent any problems that would be typical of ingestion of excessive roughage and include:

 

1)     Providing an adequate source of clean, fresh water

2)     Water availability after strenuous exercise or during excessive heat and humidity

3)     Cold weather may impact water intake and hydration as seriously as hot weather

4)     Insure additional water and/or electrolytes after travel and introduction to a new stall environment

5)      Provide additional water and/or electrolytes with any evidence of diarrhea

 

Are there any special recommendations for working with horses bedded on kenaf?

 

There are no special recommendations for using kenaf. We do recommend being aware that horses may initially investigate any new bedding with which they come into contact.

 

 

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