Its hard to find good quality hay and straw as its mostly baled into very large bales these days.

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.

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.

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 as it can be called dust extracted if only 5% of the dust has been removed!

Airborne dust, that’s the very fine particles you may only probably see in a shaft of sunlight are the most harmful and the combination of these 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. Think about it!

Our dust removal is extremely efficient taking the airborne dust out in four separate points in our cleaning process, the final stage removes the large heavier fragmented pieces before being baled into a box or polyprop sack.

We grow some of the hay here on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border but also source from further afield using only the best hay available from trusted suppliers, then make it even better with our unique dust removal process that removes practically all the airborne dust.

Our Sweet Smelling Soft Meadow Mix contains numerous traditional British grass varieties that have evolved over centuries. Our Stalky Seed hay with thick crunchy stems offers excellent feed value, good to wear teeth down too.

Our hays come compressed into a custom made woven poly-prop sack and also cardboard boxes, which allows it to breathe and keeps it in top condition for and ideal for carriage.

You will see we also supply American Grown Western Timothy Hay this is the best hay you can buy and has come a long way from Oregon and Washington State in the USA,

Its come a long way we know but having tried European and Canadian Timothy we have found nothing comes anywhere near the standard of the American grown.

 

  • We process and pack the hay on a daily basis this means all orders have been prepared only a few days before despatch to ensure it reaches you by next day carrier in top condition.

American Grown Timothy Hay

This has come a long way!

Grown in Oregon and Washington State where their hot summers make it an ideal growing climate for this hay.
We sell this as its recoginised as one of the best hays you can buy in the world, clearly we would much prefer to sell UK grown Timothy but also having tried Canadian and European grown we know that none of these can come anywhere near the quality and consistency of the American Grown.

We’ve seen nothing 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.
These types of grasses have a job to grow and compete alongside the more vigorous growing varieties like Rye.

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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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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.

This year is looking like the straw is going to be poor quality I’m afraid due to harvest conditions.

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Supply Continuity  

We categorise the soft or stalky as best we can from a visible check,

But the hay is going to vary all the time, not just in texture but the grasses in it too that will alter Palatability,

Things that make the hay vary for example are different types of soil in different parts of the field, if its been grown near a hedge or a tree, what the weather was like at haymaking time which is once a year by the way, usually in June or July, how it was stored.by us and for that matter by you too!

All these things will make the hay vary in some way and that’s why it’s never quite the same from batch to batch and this means that there can be no guarantee that two batches will be the same no matter how much we try and so we cannot gurantee it will be eaten although in 99% of the time this is never a problem.

It’s worth mentioning that as the hay ages the quality is going to deteriorate and so hay supplied in Spring is not likely to be as good as some bought in Autumn.

Our hay is completly natural and has not been conditioned or processed or had preservative acids added.

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.