How Does One Recognize Fresh Grass Hay?
When picking hay, what should I look for to know it’s fresh?
Selecting a high quality premium hay for your little one is one of the most important things we as owners do. I would start with always selecting a high quality brand that you know and trust. Any package of hay can “look” good at different points in time. But, beyond just looking good, knowing that the hay has gone through a rigorous quality assurance process is important.
When actually looking at the hay, I would first feel the hay. We prefer hay that is fairly soft to the touch and not hard, brittle and full of stems. Also, smell the hay. We do not want hay that smells musty. I would also look at color. We like hay that is more green in color than anything else. I don’t want you to think that the hay has to be bright green but in general the greener the hay the better. I would also suggest not buying hay that has been cut. Sometimes, companies sell hay that is baled. The process of baling hay often requires it to be cut, sometime more than once. The more you cut and physically manipulate the hay, the more the hay can change in a negative way.
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