Choosing the right hay is the key for nutritional health of your horse but it involves many things to consider. Hay is virtually a diet of every horse but all hays are not equal in nutritional values. How can you know which one is right for your particular horse? We must recommend the right kind of hay for your animal depending upon its type and environment in which it lives.

Performance Horses

The horse is a natural athlete and it is strong, agile and swift. Performance horses require a lot of strength and energy while lesser amount of protein in order to maintain the body. We must suggest first cut timothy alfalfa hay for your performance horse. The combination of both kinds of hays results in palatable mixture that is your horse's favorite diet. Timothy is source of fiber while alfalfa fulfills the requirement of protein. The recommended taste range of mixture is 7 to 9% protein with Relative Feed Value (RFV) in 75 to 90 range and Neutral Detergent Fiber of around 60. The mixture comprises stemmy and fibrous part of plant which is most important component of horse diet. Second recommended hay is straight timothy hay that results in higher amount of fiber without protein.

Low dust bedding is best suited for performance horse as it gives much cushiony comfort. The dust can be main hurdle to their performance. The cushioning is a source of rest for their feet. We must recommend our large flake mix ShowFlakes shavings which are clean and contain little or no dust. Milled from white and yellow pine, these shavings are exclusively for horse bedding. Second best suited option for your horse may be bedding on our bright wheat straw which creates fluffy deep comfortable bedding without dust.

Breeding Horses

Protein is vital for the production of milk and growth of brood mares and growing foals. There are two types of hays we highly suggest for maximum protein intake. One is straight alfalfa hay and other is second cut alfalfa grass mixture of hay. Alfalfa hay contains 18 to 20% protein with Relative Feed Value of 150 to 200. Straight alfalfa is source of highest amount of protein. It is the choice of most of our coustomers for horses in farm. Second cut alfalfa grass mix has relatively less amount of protein but it is very soft and green in color. Palatable grass and alfalfa combine together to make sweet mixture. Both straight alfalfa and second cut grass mix come in different bale sizes which are sometimes dropped into feeders and easy to handle.

Our bright wheat straw is best suited for every breeding animal's bedding. It provides fluffy deep bed for mares and foals as it is clean, shakes out well and long stemmed also. It comes in three bale sizes including 2 string 45lb, 3 strings 75lb and 700lb large square bales.

Pleasure Horses

Pleasure horses require something to chew and graze. They need mellow hay so that they can eat a lot without any disturbance in stomach with the surety of maximum energy. Our first cut timothy grass mix hay is highly suggestible for such horses as it has no alfalfa, little amount of protein and fiber. Its cost is reasonable therefore ideal for budget minded customers. Second option you have is timothy alfalfa or later cut timothy. It does not have eye appeal and smell but fine for pleasure horses. For older horse, we suggest soft, palatable and protein rich second cut grass alfalfa mix.

Both shavings and straws can be used for bedding. It depends upon the choice of our customers.

Dairy and Livestock

The amount of milk production depends upon intake of protein. The much protein is consumed the more milk will be produced by animals. It is advisable to go with our second cut alfalfa or alfalfa grass mix hays. These are appealing to eyes as well as nose as they are green leafy, palatable and sweet smelling. The amount of protein can range from 16 to 22% and Relative Feed Value from 160 to 200.

Comfortable and clean bedding is indispensible for production of healthy milk and animals. Wheat straw is recommended as it is clean and cost effective.

Construction and Environmental

For preventing erosion and runoff during construction period, both hay and straw are important. Area local environmental regulations suggest to either use hay or straw. Hay bales act as barrier to stop runoff and it can also be separated on top of disturbed dirt as mulch layer to keep it in place. Straw can also give such benefits. We suggest the best for you on the basis of your needs. We either suggest wheat straw or mulch hay in 2 strings 45lb bales. These bales are easy to handle and can be used for variety of purposes.