What should you know about hay? An A to Z Entry

round bales of hay A few people suggested I write about hay today, including my dear friend Mona who left the most encouraging comment on the post for G is for GMO. The reason it means so much is for Mona and I, it took a little time for us to find common ground. We could have easily decided the differences in some of our ideas were more important, but we continued talking through Twitter and blogs and found we have a lot of common ground. I LOVE how social media can do that! So if Mona wants me to write about hay, well, buckle your seat belts cause we’re headed to the hay field! (I just hope it isn’t a really bumpy ride!)

moving quare bales at RayLinDairyTypes of Hay

I have to say that I always thought hay was just tall grass. Not sure when I realized that there were different types of hay but I do remember I was a bit surprised to find out how much I had oversimplified things. Oh, and by types of hay, I don’t just mean it comes in both round and square bales! And then as I started to learn about what cows eat, I found our the nutritional differences can be significant and that nutritionists and/or vets are a critical component as farmers look at livestock feed.

There is a great post on TheEquinest that speaks to the various types of hay and they include detailed photos! I’m going to use their list of types to make sure I have a relatively thorough list but check out their post if you want to see what they say about hay and horses.

alfalfa farm

a couple of alfalfa fields, one in the background is being grazed by sheep

Cutting Hay

Love that Ryan Goodman of Agriculture Proud put up several posts during hay season. This short video during a mechanical breakdown gives you a feel for some of the things farmers have to consider in harvesting hay.

And I couldn’t POSSIBLY post about hay without including one of my all-time favorite MooTube videos from Will Gilmer of Gilmer Dairy Farm as he sings “The Baler Rolls” in a way that has to make Garth Brooks proud! Love that it teaches me about hay while I get to smile at his wit!

A to Z Agriculture blog post series

Wednesday is I Day! I is for….

Wednesday will be brought to you by the letter “I” so what do you think the word of the day should be?

See the other posts in this series by clicking on the logo at left and reviewing the letters, or by browsing the A to Z ag tag archives. You should also feel free to add ideas for upcoming letters!

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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23 Responses to What should you know about hay? An A to Z Entry

  1. commonsenseagriculture April 9, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Nice sis! Thanks for the shout 🙂

    I – Ionophores, Ingenuity, Imagination, Inoculations or….ice cream.

  2. cowgirljesse April 9, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks for linking to my blog, Janice. Here’s some ideas for topics for some upcoming letters:

    J – Jersey cow, Junegrass, Juniper
    K – Kernel, ketosis, KPH (kidney, pelvic, heart fat)
    L – Lentils, lespedeza, lupin, locoweed, land management
    M – Mineral cycle, Mashona cattle, milk, meat, monitoring rangelands

    • Janice Person April 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

      Thanks for so many ideas! I’ve got quite a few posts to write and ideas help!

  3. Judi Graff (@farmnwife) April 9, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Oh, that post was so long ago. The kids were just little snots.

  4. Mona April 9, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Hay, it’s hayhoo day! 😀 Janice, thanks my friend for the shoutout and for just being a wonderful you. I love the smell of fresh cut hay,ahh. I also think of all those wonderful folks who gathered donated and trucked hay for the farmers and ranchers in TX OK and elsewhere during the droughts for the past few years. 🙁 I can’t recall the twitter handle of the peeps, perhaps you know.


  5. mona's caffe' (@mm98273) April 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Oh yes, now I recall. Thanks for the remind Janice . And for all this great hay. 😀 Who knew ‘clover’ was a type of hay?

  6. Linda Adams April 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    My uncle owns a historic house built by our great-great grandfather. There’s a barn outside that was used for horses and hay, but was converted to a garage (picture: http://anamericandowntonabbey.blogspot.com/p/photo-album_7425.html). A few years back, they noticed that the walls were bowing outward. Upon investigation, they discovered that the barn had been built so that hay bales were part of the structure! Without the additional support of the hay bales, the walls eventually started to bow outward. They got some supports into the walls to keep them stable.

    • Janice Person April 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      Wow! What a great story of ingenuity! Glad they figured it out & got it taken care of!

  7. Dale July 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    How about T for Timothy? Hayed a lot of horses on this and they loved it. Loaded it off the wagon right after a cutting in fields outside of Leesburg, VA.


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