Its hard to find good quality Hay and Straw these days as its mostly baled into very large bales.
We cater for users who want smaller amounts, typically rabbit breeders.
We only use best quality feed standard hay, our system makes it virtually dust free and when packed into 2kg or 7kg bales suits our customers as this manageable size for their needs and also eliminates wastage.
This size also makes it ideal to send by carrier.

For the many who need that extra choice on variation we offer a choice of types –

American Western Timothy Hay  –  Consistent high quality coarse hay imported from America.
Soft Hay  –  Fragrant with a fine stalk containing many varieties of grass traditional to an old meadow.
Stalky Hay  –  A Coarse Seed Hay with thick stems, sometimes a little yellower in colour, great feed value and containing predominately rye grass.
English Grown Timothy  –  Coarse Stalky Hay with predominately  Timothy grass with a slightly “peppery” smell.
Barley Straw  –  This is a good source of fibre, bright in colour and can also be used for bedding too.

 

 

Dust is an inherent 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 just been baled up in the field as normal being dust free are misleading.

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.

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` animal housed in an enclosed space are ultimately going to have serious health issues and consequences not only for the animal but also those looking after them. Animals don’t often die from poor quality hay, they just don’t eat it but if the hay in with them is dusty every time they move will disturb more dust and they have no choice except to breath this in.

Due to this extremely efficient system just about all the harmful airborne dust is removed, greatly reducing the risk of any respiratory problems arising from this hazard.

We grow some of the hay ourselves here on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border but source the rest from trusted suppliers. Hays not grown quite so much these days as the weather has a very big influence on the quality.,
Not enough sun to dry it then it won’t keep, too dry it won’t have grown enough and will break up.
Instead Haylage is preferred this is what you see in the plastic wrap in the fields – No good to Us though!!

Once thoroughly cleaned we bale the hay up using woven poly-prop sacks and cardboard boxes.
Large Bales in poplyprop only, these weigh about 7kg while the smaller bales are 2kg in cardboard boxes and just over this in the smaller polyprop sacks,the latter being bundled and sold in a pack of five.
These sizes seem to suit everybody as you can mix and match the types of hay you would like and buy in multiples there of.
We process and pack the hay on a daily basis meaning your order will have been packed only a couple of days before this enable us to carry out quality control and ensures your order reaches you in very best condition.

We send your order every working day provided we have it by12 noon on a limited guarantee next working day delivery.

American Grown Timothy Hay

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.

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Soft Hay

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!
Slowly these old meadows are getting ploughed up and re-seeded with more productive grasses making it harder each year to source this type of  hay.

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Stalky Seed Hay

Stalky Hay is from fields, re-seeded maybe 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.

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English Timothy

This is the UK version of the American Western Timothy, grown in Nottinghamshire, it’s good sample.
It can be difficult to grow to this standard here usually  but due to the good summer we have had we are offering it as an alternative as its not far off the quality of the more expensive American grown.

English Timothy

Barley Straw

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.

Not to be confused with wheat straw which is only suitable for bedding.

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Samples

Because hay is natural product and varies so much its near impossible to send out accurate samples that reflects current stock, although we are happy to add a sample of current material to an existing order.