Time to Consider Animal Forage Options, such as Hay Bales, before Winter Weather Rolls in

As the growing season winds down, farms across the country are taking stock of their remaining crops and looking toward the long span of winter. The sales of hay bales, pumpkins and timothy hay may spike in September and October, but there will be no continued growth to carry farms over the upcoming cold months.

An additional consideration that farms need to make is how they’ll care for animals during the winter. There needs to be bedding for stables and forage to eat; the option of putting animals out to pasture isn’t viable when the temperatures start to dip. For these reasons, farms looking for an alternative to alfalfa for horses can consider teff grass. This topic will certainly resonate with folks visiting AllHay.com, where it’s easier than ever to connect with farms that have bales of hay for sale. Conversely, users can sell their own timothy hay or teff grass.

“Teff is a warm season annual grass that is being grown in the U.S. as a forage hay crop,” an associate professor at with Kansas State University’s (KSU) Southeast Agricultural Research Center told AGUpdate.com. “It is also a fine stem grass that is a good substitute for alfalfa for horses that have metabolic issues,” the KSU associate professor added.

Teff grass has it perks and farms that plan ahead for the growing season will have a definite advantage. The article champions teff grass for the fact it can be cut two to three times annually. Moreover, it grows quickly and has proven itself to withstand the damage brought on by heavy rains and/or floodwaters. So long as it is cut once it becomes mature, farms should have no problem growing an abundance of teff grass.

The next question that AllHay.com users will want to know is about marketability. As anyone who has searched for bales of hay for sale can attest to, there needs to be people out there searching for this product as a form of food for their horses or livestock. The AGUpdate.com article does note that cattle farms can indeed use teff grass as part of their “grazing management plan” so long as the cattle eat the nutrient-rich first cutting.

September and October just might be the perfect time to start researching these options before stockpiles of teff grass and hay bales are depleted come winter. The demand surrounding bales of hay for sale goes to show the competitive nature of buying and selling hay bales and timothy hay online. There will be hundreds of listings to pick from on AllHay.com — but you’ll need to act fast to score the one that’s closest and most convenient to you!