Hay and Straw

Please note that hay and straw are NOT the same product.  Hay is used for feeding to animals and contains a fair amount of seed, whereas straw has a lot fewer seeds and is used for garden mulching and bedding for animals.


Alfalfa Hay-Sold by the 2-string (about 89 lbs), or

3-string bale or a feed bag stuffed full, depending on stock available .

Alfalfa is a legume hay that is higher in protein, calories, and calcium than the other hays we carry, so is more suited to animals with greater protein and mineral requirements.  Typically sourced from Washington.

Local Hay-Sold by the 2-string bale (about 32 lbs), bunny bales or a feed bag stuffed full, depending on stock available.

This is a locally grown grass hay from the Borden farm and is a combination of orchardgrass, ryegrass, fescue and timothy and is a lower protein and calcium, suitable for a variety of animals.

Timothy Hay-Sold by the 2-string or 3-string bale (about 105 lbs), 2-string mini bales (about 36 lbs), or a feed bag stuffed full, as well as small packages, depending on stock available.

Timothy is a grass hay, with good amounts of long fiber, particularly well-suited for smaller animals, like rabbits and guinea pigs, but is also suitable for animals like horses and cattle.  Typically sourced from Washington.


Straw- currently our big straw bales are wheat straw but they are typically barley. Sold by the 2-string bale (about 42 lbs, wheat), 2-string mini bales (35 lbs, barley), or by the feed bag stuffed full, (wheat) depending on stock available.

Straw is made from the stalks of growing grain and is golden in color.  Straw is suitable for mulching garden beds to keep weeds down, holding in moisture, and protecting low-hanging fruit from rotting against the soil.  Straw is also used as animal bedding because it is drier and more insulating than hay.  Typically sourced on Vancouver Island.

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