Wheat bran is a palatable by-product of flour production. Unlike wheat, wheat bran contains little starch (approx. 17 %) and a lot of crude fibre (just under 15 %, hemicelulose, cellulose and pectin), as it consists largely of the hulls, the aleurone layer and the germ of the wheat grain. With approx. 16 %, wheat bran contains more protein than cereals, but the quality or usability is rather moderate, which makes it suitable for horses that have to be fed a low-protein diet.
When feeding wheat bran, pay attention to calcium!
Bran is rich in minerals, trace elements and vitamins. It has a high magnesium content as well as a high phosphorus content, which makes the calcium:phosphorus ratio in bran poor. Therefore, the bran should either be enriched with feed lime or a mineral feed with a higher calcium content should be fed to compensate. Wheat bran is therefore also well suited in combination with Equine 74 Gastric!
Storing wheat bran
Since wheat bran has a high swelling capacity and attracts water easily, it should be stored in a dry place to prevent spoilage. Bran is usually fed moist as a mash (usually then as a mash with linseed and/or dried shavings etc.).