5 things to consider if you’re looking for hay for sale
Whether you’re looking for horse and livestock feed, bedding for livestock or need seating for a wedding or another event, you’ll want to ensure that you buy top quality hay. As with everything quality and price will vary, so we take a look at 5 things you should think about when you are looking for hay bales for sale.
Ensure you know what you need to buy
This might sound a bit obvious, but make sure you know what you need. We often get people who are a bit confused about the difference between hay and straw or which is better for feed or livestock bedding.
Simply put, hay is a grass, which is grown, mown and harvested as feed for cattle, horses and other farm animals. Straw is a byproduct of a grain crop and is used in everything from house construction to stuffing mattresses, as well as bedding for animals.
At Hill View Farm, we believe in offering our customers a flexible service so have both hay and straw for sale.
If you are looking for feed, then our hay bales are ideal for horses and other livestock. If you need bedding, then take a look at our wheat straw bales. They are an economical option if you are looking for bedding to cover large stables or barns.
We also offer barley straw which acts as an effective organic weed killer when it’s applied to allotment plots or other problem areas. But, please note, don’t put it on your grass as it could kill it off too!
Make sure hay is the right colour
Hay like any other food can go off, so it’s really important that you check your hay is top quality before you buy it. An easy way to tell if hay is good quality is to check its colour. It should be bright green with little fading. If the hay is bleached, yellow, brown or black then it’s either old stock, moldy or has been stored poorly.
At Hill View Farm we believe in only supplying our customers with the best. It’s why we take a great deal of care and attention when growing, harvesting and storing hay. As well as ensuring we harvest at the right time, our hay is baled this year and stored correctly. This is particularly important as the nutritional value of hay is compromised if it’s left exposed to too much heat, sunlight and rain.
Look for any impurities
Excellent quality hay should only be made up of the harvested forages. Dirt, mold, rubbish or weeds all indicate a poor quality hay, which means it probably won’t be suitable as animal feed. In particular, look out for too much dust as good quality hay should have little or no dust.
Does the hay smell right?
Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cut hay? Well, animals are no different. Just like us they prefer their food to smell fresh, so avoid buying small hay bales if they smell musty or moldy. A strange smell could indicate that the hay is poor quality which isn’t good for your animals.
Look for variety
None of us like to eat the same thing day in and day out, and horses and other livestock aren’t any different. It’s why as well as conventional baled hay, we also offer meadow hay bales. Cut from common pasture, meadow hay contains a mix of different grass species as well as other native edible plants – a great way of adding variety to a diet.
Prefer to hire hay bales? Not a problem
If you’re planning an outdoor event, such as a wedding, large-scale country fayre or even a barn dance, hiring hay bales is a great alternative to normal seating options.
Cheap and environmentally friendly, you’ll only need to hire what you need and we will arrange both delivery and collection to save you the hassle and worry. To give you an idea, conventional small bales can usually seat 2 adults or 3 children, but we are more than happy to advise you on the quantity you are likely to need. Find out more about our hay and straw bales for hire service.
Looking for hay and straw bales for sale near me?
Located in the Aylesbury Vale in the heart of Buckinghamshire means we are ideally positioned to provide hay and straw bales across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and the surrounding Home Counties. As a family-run business, we like to offer our customers a flexible and reliable service, so please get in touch to discuss your requirements.