Our First-Cut Timothy Hay contains mostly stems, long seed heads, and leaves. This grade of hay comes from the first harvest of Timothy Hay or an exceptionally coarse second harvest. The key to this grade of premium hay is that it’s made up entirely of coarse stems and leaves.
The First-Cut Timothy Hay provides a strong balance of roughage and nutrition for herbivores. It’s long seed heads, short broad leaves, and long thick stems make it coarser providing long strands that promote natural chewing behavior.
Timothy Hay begins growing after it's winter nap in the spring. By late spring or early summer that the hay is ready to be harvested for the first time that growing season. It’s usually by mid June that the farmer cuts the first growth of the year, commonly known as First Cut Timothy. The hay is then left to regrow and is harvested a second time usually by late summer, commonly referred to as Second Cut Timothy Hay.
Hay should make up 80% of a herbivore's diet as it is a staple food filled with nutrition and fibre. The constant foraging and grazing encouraged by hay helps to keep them physically active and mentally stimulated. It also helps to wear down their teeth while the long strand fiber helps to keep their digestion regular and functioning properly.
Hay Origin: Northern California
All of our hay products are sent out in black ziplock bags to ensure freshness and prevent the hay from turning yellow under light. Always keep in a cool area.