We are beginning the transition of changing our Timothy Hay product names to new ones. Up until now, we've used the product names: First Cut, Second Cut, and Third Cut Timothy Hay. We'll soon be replacing these product names with: Coarse, Medium, and Soft Timothy Hay.
Why The Name Change?
The main reason behind this transition is because we want your experience with our products to be more consistent and for you to receive what you expect with each box of Timothy Hay. While referring to a cut of hay by the order in which it was harvested from the field (first, second, and third) is an accurate and precise way to reference it, it does nothing to describe the quality and texture you want to buy.
We have found over the last six years that we often used terms like soft, coarse, and leafy to accurately describe the texture of the hay to our customers. It got us thinking, what if we change the name to something everyone understands?
What is Soft Timothy Hay Then?
Soft Timothy hay can be harvested from the second or third cut depending on where it was grown and harvested.
Moving forward we will provide you with the highest quality hay we can find that meets the standards for what a Soft Timothy Hay should be, regardless if it’s from the second or third cut.
Soft Timothy Hay should have these qualities:
Harvest: Second or third cut of pure Timothy Hay
Color: Described as hunter or deep green. Soft Timothy Hay should be noticeably darker green than Coarse or Medium Timothy Hay.
Stems/Stalks: The stems of Soft hay should be very thin, less than 1/32nd of an inch, if any at all. Generally when stems are found within Soft Timothy Hay they are almost completely wrapped in leaves, making them appear thicker, but if you peel off the leaves you will find that they are very thin underneath. Any stems (stalks) that are present should be solid, almost ‘wiry’ in feel.
Leaves: Soft Timothy Hay should be almost entirely leaves, at a glance it should look to just be leaves. Only upon closer inspection can you find a few seed heads and/or stems.
Seed Heads/Flowers: The seed heads, also called flowers, should be rare. But, if you do happen to find some they will either be underdeveloped and a bright light green in color, or they will be fully developed with purple wisps, generally no longer than 1-2 inches. Generally the seed heads in Soft Timothy Hay should be few in number, if any. If the hay is from a second cut,you may find more than if the hay is from a third cut.
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 Soft Timothy Hay would have none of these.
October 2020 Soft Timothy Hay Report
The 2020 Ultra Premium Soft Timothy Hay we have in stock is currently a second cut. This hay was specifically chosen from a high mountain field for its unique qualities that allow it to be a really great Soft Timothy Hay.
Here is the report on what we have in stock:
Overall Rating: 8/10
Harvest: Second cut of pure Timothy Hay, it was harvested in September of 2020.
Location: Northern California
Color: Deep Green
Stems/Stalks: Averaging 8-10 inches long and are thin in diameter. There are very few underdeveloped seed heads
Leaves: Made up of mostly leaves with the leaf length up to 6-8 inches. They are nice and broad.While they seem to be a little on the short side, they are maintaining their structural integrity and are not breaking into leaf crush.
Seed Heads/Flowers: Very Few. Mostly under developed with the occasional fully developed seed head (flower).
Leaf Crush: Light
Brown Leaf: Slight, average brown leaf length 1-2 inches. While there is very little brown leaf, it is small and scattered throughout the leaves.
(The photo to the left is to describe what we mean when we rate Dust at none. After we sifted through and picked out all the stems, leaves, seed heads, leaf crush, weeds and brown leaves, this was the "dust" left over.)
Summary: This year's Soft Timothy Hay is a great example of what Soft Timothy Hay should be. It does have seed heads and stems in it, however, because of the high amount of leaves and the stem size, we find it works well for Soft Timothy Hay loving pets. The only reason that it does not get a 10/10 is the very small amount of brown leaf scattered throughout and the presence of seed heads.
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Ultra Premium Soft Timothy Hay
Our Soft Timothy Hay contains mostly leaves with very few stems or seed heads. This grade of hay comes from the third harvest of Timothy Hay or an exceptionally soft second harvest. Stems, if any, will be thin and occasional seed heads will be short. The key to this grade of premium hay is that it is made up almost entirely of soft leaves.
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