Rice Straw Bales


Rice straw bale is the stem of rice. Rice straw, a byproduct of rice grain industry in India, is a potential alternative food source for cow. Traditional feeds for cattle typically are grass or alfalfa hay, corn, oats, and/or a molasses-based sweet feed of some type. Some years, good quality forage may be too expensive or unavailable. In other cases, you may want to cut costs or better utilize more readily available feeds. Following is a guide to the safety and efficacy of feeds not traditionally fed to horses.

Feeding the rice straw
Digestibility: Due to high content of silica about 8-14% compared with Alfalfa hay (1-2%) it is slow digestable. This is particularly true in the rice leaves, which contain the high level of silica. This high silica level combined with other mineral compounds produces an average ash content of 17% for rice straw as compared with 7-8% of alfalfa.

Protein: The rice plant is a member of Poaceae (old Gramineae) family. The common cultivated rice plant is an annual which usually grows to a height of a half meter or two meters but there are certain varieties that grow much taller (6-9 metres). Some deep water rice varieties grow with the gradual rise of the flood water level. Rice plant can be divided into main two parts namely root system and shoot system:
Nutritional Value

Botanical Description
The rice plant is a member of Poaceae (old Gramineae) family. The common cultivated rice plant is an annual which usually grows to a height of a half meter or two meters but there are certain varieties that grow much taller (6-9 metres). Some deep water rice varieties grow with the gradual rise of the flood water level. Rice plant can be divided into main two parts namely root system and
shoot system:

Nutritional Value
. Protein 9%
. Silica 14%
. Fiber 33.5%

Use of Rice straw
. As food supplement for equine and cow
. Used as bedding for the cattle
. Used in paper, cardboard and packaging industry
. Used in manure and fertilizer industry