Our Hays

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,

We've seen nothing else that comes up to this standard.

SOFT HAY

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.
These types of grasses have a job to grow and compete alongside the more vigorous growing varieties like Rye.

Stalky 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.

We are almost out of last years Stalky Hay and until we find some of this years that is good enough we  will not offer it. Instead we have sourced the more expensive Barn Dried Hay. This should be a temporary measure and will offer the Stalky once more when we are happy with the quality.


Barley Straw

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.

Barn Dried Hay

Heres an image of the Barn Dried Hay in for this year,

Reason we have it is because we are having problems finding really good Stalky hay this year, afraid this was down to the weather, As it suggests this was dried by blowing hot air through it after it was got in the barn, Upside is its exellent quality, Down side is we have had to pay quite a bit more for it.

The image above of the Stalky hay is from last years when the weather was better, not sure if we will find any this year of that quality but still looking.

 

SAMPLES

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.

 


 

Supply Continuity  

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.

Our hay is completly natural and has not been conditioned or processed or had preservative acids added.