We mentioned on other pages that it can be pretty hard to find decent, you probably know if you’re reading this. There’s also quite a demand for different types of hay as owners like to feed a variety or just find one type is preferred over another.
Its hard to maintain a consistent standard and it’s never going to always be the same because it’s a natural product grown in a field and there’s lots of factors that can affect the quality of the end product. For example the main culprit is the weather, it would be perfect if there was two weeks of fine and sunny warm weather without any rain and very little dew on the ground in the morning around the mid to end of June through to the first half of July, not too hot as the hay will dry too fast and break up and assuming in the Spring its not be too dry or wet so there’s been enough growth. Of course the land has to have been well managed and be in good condition along with a load of other factors too. Unfortunately it’s not very often it happens like that and so we have to accept the hay will vary each year.
By the way we specialise in different types of hay grown here in England but also import American grown Timothy they are all listed below
This has come a long way!
Imported and grown in the states of Oregon and Washington in America, where their hot summers make it an ideal growing climate for this hay.
Its consistent top quality makes it recoginised as one of the best hays you can buy in the world.
Its hard to find anything 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, may not have the best feed value but certainly has the “wow factor” when it comes to smell!
Stalky Hay is from fields, re-seeded maybe up to 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. Can be quite yellow sometimes in colour (sometimes wrongley mistaken for straw)
This is the UK version of the American Western Timothy.
Difficult to grow to this standard in the UK here as it needs a good summer and lots of luck! This is an alternative to the more expensive American grown.
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 and can also be used as bedding.
Not to be confused with wheat straw which is used for bedding.
Dust is a problem with all hay and unless it has been subject to an additional and extra process it’s extremely likely that there will still be a good percentage of dust in the bale.
Claims of hay that has been baled up in the field as normal being dust free are misleading and hay that has been through any dust removal process is extremely hard to source and the efficiency of the process may also come into question and it seems acceptable but misleading to say something is dust extracted even though it may have only removed a very small proportion.
Airborne dust, that’s the very fine particles you may only probably see in a shaft of sunlight are the most harmful, the combination of this along with an enclosed space are ultimately going to have serious health issues and consequences not only for the animal but also those looking after them. Our purpose made system is extremely efficient at removing just about all this airborne dust, greatly reducing the risk of any respiratory problems arising from this often over looked hazard.
Once thoroughly cleaned we bale the hay up using woven poly-propylene sacks and cardboard boxes, these are recyclable and most practical packaging we have found.