American Grown Timothy Hay
This has come a long way!
Grown in Oregon and Washington State where their hot summers make it an ideal growing climate for this hay.
We sell this as its recoginised as one of the best hays you can buy in the world,
Clearly we would much prefer to sell UK grown Timothy but also having tried Canadian and European grown we know that none of these can come anywhere near the quality and consistency of the American Grown.
We've seen nothing else that comes up to this standard.
Softer hay comes from longer established meadows that may have not been ploughed and reseeded for decades, here more native less vigorous grass's will grow such as cocksfoot, timothy,sweet vernal along with lots of herbage too.
Stalky Seed Hay
Stalky Hay is from fields, re-seeded maybe 4, 5,6 years old, the hay is reasonably coarse.
As its relativley young grass it has thicker stems and more feed value, if its not re-seeded it will slowly be taken over by the more traditinal meadow grasses and gradually revert back to a softer hay.
This is grown and has to be replanted every year.The barley is harvested with a combine that thrashes the grain from the straw. The grain goes for animal feed or brewing while the straw is a good source of fibre for animal feed.
Not to be confused with wheat straw which is only suitable for bedding.
This year is looking like the straw is going to be poor quality I'm afraid due to harvest conditions.
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Because hay is natural product and varies so much its near impossible to send out accurate samples that reflects current stock, although we are happy to add a sample of current material to an existing order.
We categorise the soft or stalky as best we can from a visible check,
But the hay is going to vary all the time, not just in texture but the grasses in it too that will alter Palatability,
Things that make the hay vary for example are different types of soil in different parts of the field, if its been grown near a hedge or a tree, what the weather was like at haymaking time which is once a year by the way, usually in June or July, how it was stored.by us and for that matter by you too!
All these things will make the hay vary in some way and that’s why it's never quite the same from batch to batch and this means that there can be no guarantee that two batches will be the same no matter how much we try and so we cannot gurantee it will be eaten although in 99% of the time this is never a problem.
It’s worth mentioning that as the hay ages the quality is going to deteriorate and so hay supplied in Spring is not likely to be as good as some bought in Autumn.
Our hay is completly natural and has not been conditioned or processed or had preservative acids added.