Our hay is naturaly grown, no pesticides and herbicides, often you will find flowers and leaves dried during the haymaking process this is testament to the organic based regime it has been grown under. In June and July when we hope there’s going to be a hot dry spell the fields are mown, it will take about three days of constant turning to make sure every last bit has had its share of the hot sun. When it is dry enough, around 10% moisture content it’s ready to be baled up, usually in very large round or square bales, this way is much less labour intensive. Its then carted to the barn where it’s stored ready to be used over the next 12 months.
We store in open sided barns where there is maximum air circulation, some of the outside bales are exposed to rain and sunlight but are sacrificed to protect the ones further in, this is tried and tested storage method. So a cool airy and dark place is the best method, plastic storage containers like dustbins are not a good idea because of lack of circulating air, a warm environment will assist in the formation of mold and encourage bugs. If you do have storage problems we recomend you buy smaller amounts more often and suggest our hay should be used within two months of purchase to be on the safe side, opening the tops of the bags will help too.
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 15-20% of the volume from the hay in the form of airbourne dust and fragmented pieces.
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!
When emptied out a small bale will easily fill a black 80 litre household dustbin, weight is 2kg but being a natural product it can vary a little. The Large Bale 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.