ALFALFA HAY
Alfalfa hay is an excellent source of good quality protein and fiber. Alfalfa is a legume hay and is sometimes called “lucerne”. These hays are higher in protein and minerals and are more palatable than grass hays. Alfalfa in particular is high in energy and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. When properly cured, alfalfa is the best of the legume hays from a nutrient standpoint. It has the most feed value of all the perennial pasture forages. Alfalfa is used as for horses, dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys and other farm animals.


TIMOTHY ALFALFA
Timothy hay is dried versions of timothy grass (P. Pratense), which is thought to have originated on the European continent. Many people who raise horses and cattle find timothy hay to be ideal as part of animal feed. It may be mixed with other ingredients, especially alfalfa and red clover. Certain domestic animals like rabbits and guinea pigs may also enjoy it as well. It is especially noted for a relatively low protein content, low moisture (which can help keep the dried grass from rotting), and high fiber content. Many animal care experts recommend it due to its seeming ease on various animals’ digestive systems and its promotion of bowel regularity. Another reason that timothy hay may be preferable to other forms, especially legume based forms of hay like alfalfa, is because of its low calcium content.


ORCHARD HAY
Orchardgrass is a cool season perennial grass adapted to temperate climate areas. The branched orchardgrass inflorescence is a compact or partly spreading panicle. Seed heads are composed of spikelets that bear two to eight florets. Spikelets are attached to panicle branches by pedicels. Flowers are borne in one-sided clusters on stiff branches. Leaves vary in color from green to bluish-green. The lower surface is not shiny and has a distinct keel (center ridge). Leaf margins and leaf sheaths usually are somewhat rough to the touch when mature. Orchardgrass has good tolerance to heat and drought. It is a highly productive grass suitable for hay or pasture on well-drained soils under irrigated or nonirrigated conditions. Best used in situations where high quality management can be exercised. Orchardgrass does not have any serious insect pest problems.



ORCHARD ALFALFA
Orchard-Alfalfa Mix (Dactylis glomerata + Medicago sativa) Alfalfa is often seeded with a variety of different hay varieties according to animal needs. One of the more common mixes is Orchard-Alfalfa hay which is used for bovine and equine feeds. Some of the highest quality Orchard-Alfalfa hay mixes are grown in the western Ontario Grey Bruce Twp as these areas have optimal growing conditions and more importantly, very good drying conditions. Orchard-Alfalfa hay is highly desirable because of its nutritional and flavor values