This region of the country exports and sells more hay than any place else in the United States. Depending on the time of year, I sell high quality bluegrass grass, timothy, and an alfalfa/bluegrass grass mix. To see an enlarged photo, click on the smaller one.
Bluegrass Grass Hay
The beautiful hay we carry called "bluegrass" is actually a hybrid seed my farmer has developed. It is an orchard/bluegrass seed. For those of you that are used to orchard grass, this will be similar except it has a beautiful blue/green color. After viewing more that 30 farms and countless hays, it just didn't do justice to call my hay "orchard", so I have chosen to call it "bluegrass". It is a wide bladed, leafy variety that is soft and pliable. Nutritionally, it is equivalent to orchard grass.
Timothy hay is a grass hay, but the "cuts" on the timothy hay are very different. My farmer cuts ALL his timothy a couple weeks before other farmers. Even though his yield is lower, his quality is better and the hay is younger and contains more nutrition.
1st Cut Timothy Hay -- 1st cutting timothy, depending on when it is cut, is typically a very coarse hay. It is usually cut when it is in bloom, contains many seedheads, and also has a lot of stem. I don't carry ANY 1st cut timothy because although it is great for fiber, it may also cause mouth, throat and eye injuries with the smaller animals like chins, guinea pigs, and degus. Frequently the stems are as big around as pencils, and I prefer a less coarse hay.
2nd Cut Timothy Hay -- 2nd cut timothy is cut around here in mid August. It has a higher leaf to stem ratio than 1st cutting. It has a beautiful green color, has some stem and seedheads, but alot more leaf than 1st cutting. The 2nd cutting timothy I carry is one of the nicest timothy hays I've seen. It is high in fiber, it is cut early so there is plenty of nutrition in the hay, and the stems are much smaller than 1st cutting. This is still a more coarse hay than bluegrass or orchard grass, because the stems are still there. This is a favorite hay with rabbits.
3rd Cut Timothy Hay -- 3rd cut timothy hay is a gift, not a given. There are so many variables to this cutting of hay, but I don't know of any other online company that sells 3rd cutting.
It is cut in late September or early October, and is literally the best selling hay I've ever offered.
It has nearly no stem, is wide and leafy. It is a soft and pliable hay that you can literally wind around your fingers like the bluegrass. It normally has a bit of brown leaf to it, but that never seems to matter to the critters! It is loved by guinea pigs, chins, rabbits and degus. It is a nice green color and will have very few, if any, seedheads. If the harvest goes well and there is no rain, I will be carrying this hay at the end of September or beginning of October.
I've been told by many, many customers that their animals won't eat hay, only to find that they love this cutting and is the only one they will eat! I have found that to be true with one of my own guinea pigs as well. If you have a hard time getting your pet to eat hay, try this cutting.
About Our HayHay is a natural product and great hay depends on good weather. If Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, crops are lost. This year, this entire region lost a huge portion of first cutting hay (all varieties) due to record rainfall during harvest.
I have one farmer that grows the best hay I've ever seen. I have been purchasing his hay for more than 4 years, and have walked the fields with him many times. He absolutely loves what he does, and it shows. He irrigates, which gives him a greener, softer crop. He cuts earlier than other farmers so that his hay contains a high level of nutrition in the leaf and stem instead of all the nutrition going to the seedhead.
He laughed at me the first year I told him what I did for a living. I bought 5 tons of hay from him. I'm now up to buying more than 60 tons per year, and he is no longer laughing :) He is actually trying to cut first timothy WAY early, giving me a portion of his best timothy field so that I can get first cutting at the pre-bloom stage. It didn't work this year because of the rains, but we will try for next year! If we are able to do this, it will be a bit more expensive because his yield will be cut by a third. It will, however, produce some of the nicest 1st cut timothy you have ever seen. The fiber will be extremely high, but it will still be a very green and pliable hay. Cross your fingers for next year!
Hay and the different cuttings are seasonal. Not all of these hays will be in stock. Check the catalog to see what's available and watch for changes! We will also post as new crops come in. We constantly strive to bring you the absolute best hays. We know that shipping costs can be high and will never sell ANYTHING that we are not proud of.