After a late, late start to our hay season I can finally give you an accurate report of how the hay turned out. I was really expecting the Rye and Grain Hay to be “rank”, a term used for hay that is left growing past when it should have been cut. This happens when spring rain prevents cutting the hay and the warmer weather promotes growth. Evidently since the winter continued into April... the Rye and Three Way Grain Hay didn’t have that early spring growth spurt we usually see. The result is these two hays are excellent quality and are feeding quite well. The Oat Hay did get a little larger stemmed but it is still nice and seems to feed well in most instances. We just recently started getting 3rd cutting Alfalfa. We try to have enough of the previous year’s Alfalfa to take us to 3rd cutting. Why not use the new 1st and 2nd cutting Alfalfa? Wouldn’t the new hay be nicer and fresher than last year’s? Well, yes it would be. The problem is that most of the Alfalfa we sell is for horses. 1st cutting Alfalfa is far too rich in protein for horses and may cause digestive issues. 2nd is less rich in protein but is typically higher than later cuttings. The other issue is alfalfa goes dormant during the winter so the weeds can compete and be present especially in the 1st and sometimes into the 2nd cutting. Many of these weeds are noxious weeds and quite damaging if not fatal to horses. Cattle, and to a lesser degree sheep and goats can tolerate these weeds better, and dairy cattle produce more milk when given a higher protein Alfalfa. There you have it in a nutshell why we always hear “use 3rd and 4th cutting for stocking your barn.” The new Mountain Grass and Orchard Alfalfa are just coming in and the quality is bouncing around a bit. Things should stabilize soon. It’s probably too early to say but it is looking like straw may be in short supply this year until the new rice straw comes in in September or so. Overall the nice rainfall we had this past winter seems to have helped the overall quality of the hay. Kind of nice!
WE HAVE A DATE FOR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY! SEPTEMBER 30!
Mark your calendar! Our annual big event is just around the corner. Join us for good food, good deals, prizes, and who knows what else? This fall is the anniversary of the Grand Opening of our new store in 2008. Can you believe it has been 9 years? We have been in business since 1984...33 plus years! We hope you can join us! Watch for more details!
LAKE BERRYESSA STILL NICE AND FULL!
A few weeks ago Denise and I took a ride by the dam to take a look at the water level. How nice it was to see the water still within just a few feet of the crest of the glory hole! I thought you might enjoy this picture I took on July 3.
Thanks for your business!! Roland