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Harvest Update - Alfalfa and Timothy 1 July 2015

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

Across the Western United States, growers are hard at work cutting and baling their fields. In addition to wide-spread drought conditions, growers have also struggled to find good cutting windows. The weather has brought both record heat and untimely precipitation.

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The Pacific Southwest (PSW) is about midway through 5th cutting Alfalfa harvest. Due to high temperatures during both growing and harvest, we expect quality to vary. The 10-day weather forecast looks fairly stable for Arizona and New Mexico. Monsoon season is approaching in the PSW. 

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Timothy, Harvest Update, News

Harvest Update - Alfalfa, Timothy, and Fescue 24 June 2015

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

The weather has turned for the better and things are beginning to dry out in New Mexico and Utah for the Alfalfa harvest. 

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This has allowed the 1st cutting harvest to resume. Due to weather delaying the start of harvest this year, tonnage of Alfalfa in New Mexico and Utah are expected to be up while quality remains to be determined. The Pacific Southwest (PSW) is starting on their 5th cutting this week, with a small amount cut and baled to this point and more to be expected by next week. The 10-day weather forecast predicts warm, sunny temperatures across the board.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa and Timothy 17 June 2015

Posted on Jun 18, 2015

As we move though this season’s Timothy harvest, we felt it would be helpful to give customers an update as they prepare for inspections over the next several weeks. We are seeing Timothy prices come down across the board which helps offset the weakening yen. While we feel true Premium Dairy through Premium Horse will be tighter than expected, we are putting together some of the nicest quality in years. Premium Dairy will have very limited amounts of brown stem and great overall color. We are seeing a larger bucket of what most suppliers call 1-A. This hay is also nice but will show some brown stem, and is more reflective of a lower level Premium Dairy from the last few years.pics_273

We are also seeing a large bucket of #1 Dairy. There seems to be more of this hay due to fields laying over and temperatures turning unseasonably hot. This hay should be priced very competitively with Oat Hay, Sudan and other crops as the shipping season continues. We feel this will be a great year for customers to get back to expecting the high-end quality that has been the region’s trademark over the past several decades, at a much more reasonable price. 

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy, Harvest Update

Harvest Update - Alfalfa & Timothy 10 June 2015

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

As Alfalfa harvest proceeds, unexpected storms during the growing season continue to affect the quality in the Pacific Southwest (PSW) keeping the pricing on green hay stronger than projected. Growers are expected to finish up 4th cutting over the next few days, with some starting on their 5th cutting. The quality is typical for this time of year. The other Western States (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Idaho) that provide inventory for the PSW Plant will be in full production this week.

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In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), Washington State is completing their 1st cutting Alfalfa harvest, with a small portion starting on the 2nd cutting in the next week. We are seeing a lot of rain damaged hay and middle to lower end quality causinpricing on green hay to remain higher than expected. Early 2nd cutting Alfalfa harvest has begun and, as with 1st, will be spread out over the next three or four weeks. Growers are expecting a better 2nd cutting as the weather conditions have improved in the last week. The 10-day weather forecast is promising, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and no rain expected.

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Harvest Update - Alfalfa & Timothy

Posted on Jun 5, 2015

As we move into the beginning of the Alfalfa harvest for the Pacific Northwest (PNW), the weather continues to be a key factor in determining the quality and timing of the first cut. The Pacific Southwest (PSW), which is in full-swing, has also been facing weather challenges.Alfalfa_Harvest_Anderson_Hay_Export_Hay

Growers in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho will begin cutting over the next 1-2 weeks, with some difficulty finding a cutting window due to the erratic and inopportune showers. All growers in the PSW have completed their third cutting harvest with 100% cut and baled, and about 50% of the fourth has been completed. Quality has varied in the PSW, ranging from top quality dairy to low-end feeder hay. Despite the variation in quality, pricing on domestic dairy as well as export continues to be stronger than expected due to untimely showers limiting the green hay. The limited volumes of high-quality hay will continue to be a trend as we move into the hot summer months.

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Topics: Alfalfa Hay, Hay for Horses, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy, Harvest Update

Grass Clippings Unsafe for Horses, Stick to Pasture and Hay

Posted on May 23, 2014

Resist the Urge to Feed Lawn Clippings to Horses

Ah…spring! The weather is getting warmer and your lawn is a beautiful, green carpet. At this time of the year, you have to mow the lawn at least once a week, sometimes more frequently, and you generate an immense pile of grass clippings with every cutting. You think – wouldn’t those nice, green, sweet smelling clippings be a wonderful treat for your horse? He eats grass, so why wouldn’t they be good for him? Therefore, when the lawnmower bag is full, you head down to the barn to spoil your horse with a delicious indulgence.

Stop! Before you dump those bags of clippings into a pile at the barn for your horse to eat, consider the dangers that it poses. Grass clippings are the last thing you want to feed to your horse.

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Topics: Hay for Horses, Horse Health, Horse Nutrition

Moving Horses from Hay to Fresh Forage Can Pose Some Risks

Posted on May 7, 2014

Is There Danger Lurking for Horses in Lush Spring Pastures?

Did you know that those lush, early spring pastures can be dangerous for horses?  Over the years, grass breeders have developed cultivars, or types, that rapidly accumulate high levels of sugar, starch, and fructans (together referred to as nonstructural carbohydrates, or NSC). Grasses that have higher NSC are more drought resistant and have faster regrowth after grazing or harvesting. Furthermore, grasses that store more NSC have more calories, stimulate microbial fermentation, and improve nitrogen utilization in the rumens of cattle. Animals prefer forages with higher levels of NSC, which subsequently leads to greater intake and better performance by meat and milk producing animals. While cattle benefit from forages with high NSC, these types of grasses are not necessary good for horses.pastures can be dangerous for horses? Abrupt dietary changes, from hay to fresh forage 

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Topics: Hay for Horses, Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy, Horse Health, Horse Nutrition

Does Vitamin E Help Keep Aging Horses Healthy?

Posted on Apr 4, 2014

Vitamin E Supplementation May Improve Immune Response in Older Horses

Horses are living longer than ever these days. Roughly 15% of horses in the United States are over the age of 20. Because immune function tends to decrease with advanced age, these horses are more susceptible to disease and infection. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that plays an important role in ensuring normal function of immune cells. Research suggests that vitamin E supplementation may enhance immune function in aged humans, including antibody production after vaccination (1).

There is not a lot of research available regarding the effects of vitamin E supplementation on equine immune function. Therefore, a group of researchers from the University of Rhode Island and Virginia Tech University designed a study to examine immune function in horses that received a vitamin E supplement.

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Topics: Horse Health, Horse Nutrition

Steamed Hay for Horses

Posted on Mar 21, 2014

Does Steaming Make Hay Healthier and Safer for Horses?

Soaking hay in water for 30 minutes or less is a good way to reduce airborne particles such as dust and mold, making it an effective management strategy for horses with respiratory problems. Soaking also reduces levels of nonstructural carbohydrates in hay, which is essential for horses with metabolic issues. However, soaking also leaches other essential nutrients from hay.

Steaming hay before feeding is commonly practiced in Europe and is becoming more popular in the U.S. But, not much is known about the effects of steaming on the nutritional quality of forage and if it effectively reduces dust and mold in hay. Fortunately, a study to examine the effects of steaming on hay quality was recently conducted by a team of researchers based in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota.

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Topics: Hay for Horses, Quality of Forage, Race Horse Hay, Horse Health, Horse Nutrition

Timothy and Grass Hay Requirements of Small Animals

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Nutritional Needs of Small Herbivores

Guinea pigs, chinchillas, and rabbits are small herbivores, or plant-eating animals, that are commonly kept as companion animals. They have been bred in captivity for years and their quiet natures, ease of handling, and relatively simple housing requirements make them ideal pets, especially for owners that do not have a lot of room for four-legged friends. Feeding these small mammals is an important part of their daily care and each species has specific nutritional needs.

Clean water must be accessible to all species at all times. A sipper water bottle is the best method to provide water because it is less likely to be contaminated with bedding, food, feces, and urine. Animals that are unfamiliar with sipper water bottles may require some training to use them properly. Water bottles and bowls should be emptied and filled with fresh water daily to encourage water intake and to prevent overgrowth of bacteria.

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Topics: Timothy Hay, Quality of Forage, Timothy

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