Coarse Timothy Hay should have these qualities:
Harvest: First or second cut of pure Timothy Hay
Color: Described as a mint or olive green. Earlier in the season the hay grows quickly, resulting in a lighter green color.
Stems/Stalks: The stems of Coarse Hay are one of the most notable features of the hay. It should have fully developed stalks (stems), many of which will be hollow. The hollow-ness will cause the hay to feel stiff and rough, which is why we are calling it Coarse.
Leaves: The leaves should be broad and less than half of the total amount of hay.
Seed Heads/Flowers: The seed heads, also called flowers, should be fully developed and will generally be between 2-3 inches long on average with small purple wisps.
Our goal is to offer the highest quality hay, however, all naturally grown and harvested hay holds minor imperfections such as dust, weeds, leaf crush, and brown leaf. The ideal version of Coarse Timothy Hay would have none of these.