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Timothy Hay

About Timothy Hay

Timothy Hay is an exceptional roughage and fiber source. It is a late-maturing bunchgrass with a relatively low protein and high fiber content. The long stem and consistent quality allows good consumption and provides good conditioning for livestock. Timothy hay forms a long bulb as it grows which stores carbohydrates. The leaves are smooth and hairless, and seeds are very small and can number up to three million seeds per kilogram.

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Race Horses

Timothy hay is the most digestible of all hays and is one of the most popular hay feeds for horses. The hay is a late-maturing high fiber bunchgrass with a relatively low protein content. Horse owners have found that Timothy hay promotes a shiny coat, good digestion, bowel regularity, and a healthy weight. It is also excellent for colic prone, protein-sensitive, and obese horses.

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Dairy Cattle

Many who raise dairy cattle find Timothy hay to be a key ingredient in an overall feed program. Timothy hay is noted for being high in fiber and energy content, while also being noted for being relatively low in protein content. It is a great ingredient for the overall health and conditioning of the dairy cow, and combining timothy with other higher protein ingredients can be a great way to balance the cow’s energy and protein needs.

Growing Timothy Hay

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Timothy hay is a cool-season grass with specific climate requirements due to its shallow root system.

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Timothy Hay  grows best in areas with cool springs and dry, warm summers.

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Washington State is known world-wide for its Timothy hay quality and has perfectly suited growing and harvesting conditions.

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Once the grass hay is cut, it is sun-cured in windrows where the warm winds dry the hay to a moisture level that allows for compressed baling and storage without moisture and mold issues.