Growing and Haymaking

Our hay is completely natural and grown without the use of Pesticides and Herbicides, often you will find flowers and leaves dried during the hay making process and is testament to the organic regime it has been grown under.

Grown in usually in June and July which is the best time the process here in the UK  will take about three days of constantly turning it to make sure every last bit has had its share of the hot sun. When it is dry enough, that would be when there is less than around 10% moisture content it ready to be baled up, usually in very large round or square bales, this is the modern way as less labour intensive and with the modern machinery these days is the favoured method.

After this its carted off to the barn for storage for the next 12 months.

How should I store?

Hay and Straw should be kept in a cool airy and dark place, Light will make the hay fade in colour, Lack of circulating air and a warm environment will assist in the formation of mold and encourage bugs. We recommend our hay should be used within two months of purchase to be on the safe side.

Dust Free?

We started this business based on our unique dust removal process that over the years we have learnt to make more efficient, we don’t think anyone else removes dust like we do, indeed most have no dust removal process at all and is sold out as it had come off the field. Any dust removal process is an extra and additional process that just does not happen 99% of the time and even then it may be questionable on just how much is actually removed. You should know Its the very fine dust that you may only see in a shard of sunlight that is the real danger and indeed killer, here when an animal in an enclosed space has little choice except to breath it in not forgetting the person looking after it too. Its a mistake to assume the fragmented pieces found in the bottom of a pack are the problem, indeed this residue and the like is what pellets are made of!

Its not uncommon for our system to remove 20% of the volume from the hay as we process.which is the discarded dust and fragmented material.

Not eating hay?

It’s impossible guarantee your animal will eat the hay, they usually do but if not this is not an idication that there is something wrong with it, maybe just different taste or smell to the previous batch   –  Or just not feeling like it!

How much in a pack?

When emptied out a small bale will easily fill a black 80 litre household dustbin we don’t sell by weight as being a natural product it does vary but as a guide only will weigh in around 2kg in the boxes, slightly more in the sacks. Our Large Bales we aim for 7kg.

Straw is slightly lighter but the same volume, its best illustrated in the videos on various parts of the site, please take a look.

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