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Alkastraw® is used to improve ration structure in modern, high fibre dry cow diets; especially when fed Total Mixed Rations. Alkastraw® incorporated into a balanced diet will improve rumen pH and function, supporting performance and overall animal health. Alkastraw® production provides a viable option to provide the important straw component for the diet. Ready to feed out of the clamp, straight into the diet. Enhanced protein level, thus reducing the requirement for extra supplementation.

Combinable Ready Straw
Home n' Dry® Pellets

Alkastraw® Provides Numerous Advantages

  • Alkalinity helps buffer rumen pH
  • The treatment reaction enhances digestibility of the plant cell wall
  • Highly effective form of structural fibre which is easy to handle and feed
  • Increased crop protein levels provide a cost-effective product
  • A stable feed mix is created with no fermentation losses
  • Excellent dry cow and young stock feed

Typical Analysis

*All figures are relating to a DM analysis. For other grain analysis such as Maize, please contact the FiveF office.


Dry Matter











Structural Fibre

The use of straw in dairy and beef diets to improve ration structure, and in modern high-fibre dry cow diets, is generally regarded as desirable. In particular, this is true with regard to Total Mixed Ration (TMR) diets. However, on many farms the cost and practicality of preparing baled straw for feeding is not always easy.

In practice this straw is the most concentrated form of structural fibre, sometimes called physically effective fibre (peNDF). It is important in intensive diets to support and stabilise rumen function. In high-fibre dry cow diets it provides bulk with low nutrient density.

When our customers produce Alkalage from mature whole crop cereals, a substantial portion of the material is chopped straw providing the characteristics noted above. This is one of the great values of Alkalage. However, for many diets the grain portion of Alkalage provides too much energy. Or the farm may prefer to harvest cereals as grain from either conventional grain processing or as Alkagrain.

In these cases, Alkastraw® production provides a viable option to provide this important straw component for the diet ready to feed out of the stack, straight into the diet without baling.

Producing Alkastraw®

Alkastraw® is produced by mixing Home n’ Dry pellets with the combinable ready straw, quickly releasing ammonia to produce an alkaline, stable, high fibre forage with increased protein content.

  • Ensure the grain is fully mature before harvest.
  • Extra Home n’ Dry on the top of the clamp will protect against moisture under the sheet.
  • Don’t spray off an under ripe crop.
  • Don’t consolidate the clamp, as the ammonia gas needs to circulate throughout the clamp.
  • Don’t harvest any green material – sugars present will cause an adverse reaction in the clamp.
Dry Matter %Application Rate Kg/T
81 – 8540
75 – 8045


  • A clean, dry store is required with plastic to seal the sides and top.
  • Pick up the swath with the forage harvester.
  • Level out a weighed trailer load of straw onto a clean floor and add the correct Home n’ Dry quantity as a top dress.
  • Fill the clamp in shallow, flat layers.
  • Push into store, sheet and seal away from rain and water.
  • Lightly weigh down the sheet.
  • Leave for a minimum of 3 weeks before opening.
  • Once opened protect the open face from long exposure to rain.

If you have any technical and/or nutritional queries, please contact your supplier or one of the Home n’ Dry team.

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