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Atascadero Hay and Feed is a local family owned operation.  I’m Kevin Buffett, the owner, and I  grew up in this county.  I understand our unique local farm, ranch and livestock needs.  The products we sell are the same ones I use in my own ranch operation – high quality products at a fair price.  Those products are accompanied by the expertise of myself and my staff. We will strive to provide solutions to your problems, answers to your questions, with an abundance of local-grown home-town hospitality.

Kevin Buffet

 

How to choose the right Hay:

We carry 3 different basic types of hay: Grass, Legume and Grain.


Grass hays like our Timothy have a high fiber content and are low in protein and calcium. It is one of the most common hays fed to horses. Grass hays should be the main component in rabbit, chinchilla and guinea pig diets.   The seed heads contain protein and the stems are an important source of  roughage. Orchard grass and Bermuda grass are quite similar to Timothy, only they have slightly lower protein and fiber content.  Orchard grass hay has a slightly sweeter smell and a finer texture than Timothy.  If your animal doesn’t care for Timothy hay, you might try Orchard Grass or Bermuda Grass as an alternative.

Legume hays, like Alfalfa, have a higher protein content than grass hays, and should be feed to active, working, lactating, young or convalescing animals that have higher nutritional needs.  It can also be used as a treat for adult animals. Most animals adore the taste of alfalfa hay, however it is too rich to use as the only daily hay for most adult animals.  It should be fed in moderation, or fed as a blend with grass or grain hays. Alfalfa hay should never be fed to animals with urinary tract problems.  Look for alfalfa with a bright color and fine leafy stems.

The grain hay varieties we regulary carry are Oat Hay and Forage Hay. Oat hay is cut before the grain is fully mature and makes for an excellent horse and cattle feed. When choosing grain hay you want to look for hay that still has some color, but isn’t so far along (mature) that the seed heads begin to shell out. 

Here at Atascadero Hay and Feed we are very particular about the hay we sell.  We work closely with our growers to ensure we are providing the best possible quality hay for your livestock feeding needs.  Our staff is available to answer any questions you might have about the different varieties of hay we carry, and what hay would be best feed choice for your rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, horses, cattle, llamas, alpacas and other exotic animals.

 

Did You Know?

Hay is a very important part of rabbits, chinchillas and cavies (guinea pigs) food intake.  To maintain a healthy digestive system they need a continual supply of grass hay as the majority of their diet. Besides nutritional needs, hay also plays several other important roles.  Rabbits are self-groomers like cats and don’t need to be bathed like a dog.  However unlike cats, they don’t have the natural reflex to cough up furballs.  Because of this, intestinal blockages can be common and deadly in rabbits that are not fed enough fiber.  Grass hay serves as a roughage and helps to move hairballs through your bunny’s digestive system.  Pellets contain fiber, but rabbits need the long type of roughage that is found in the long strands of hay.  In addition, chewing hay helps rabbits to deal with stress and boredom, and helps to keep their teeth worn down.

You should choose hay that is as dust free as possible, has few weeds and thorns, is mold free and slightly green in color.  It should have an appealing fresh sweet smell.


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Recently Baled Straw in a Local Field

 

 

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Hay

We carry a variety of high quality alfalfa, grain hay and grasses for all of your pet and livestock feeding needs.

Alfalfa Hay
Alfalfa Hay
Alfalfa Hay is a high-fiber legume hay. It has the same long-strand fiber found in grass hays, only it has more protein, energy and calcium. In general alfalfa has 120% more energy than oat hay. Our alfalfa hay is very fine stemmed and weed free with lots of color. All sizes of animals love our alfalfa hay including rabbits, goats, sheep, horses and cattle.

Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 16.00%
  • Crude Fat min 1.50%
  • Crude Fiber max 32.00%
  • Moisture max 15.00%

 

Timothy Hay
Timothy Hay
Timothy Hay is 10% protein.  It is a good source of copper and zinc. It has a good balance of protein and energy.

Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 10.00%
  • Crude Fat min 1.50%
  • Crude Fiber max 32.00%
  • Moisture max 15.00%


Bermuda
Orchard GrassOur Bermuda Hay is grown in the Imperial Valley of California, providing the right conditions to grow top quality Bermuda Hay.  Bermuda Grass is a less expensive alternative to Orchard or Timothy hay for those horses that are fed grain or supplements.  With less protein than alfalfa, 8% - 10%, it is an excellent source of roughage for all types of livestock. Additionally, it is a good source of vitamin A and D without an overload in protein, and it has a better balance between calcium and phosphorus. 

Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 8.00%
  • Crude Fat min 1.50%
  • Crude Fiber max 32.00%
  • Moisture max 15.00%

 

Orchard Grass
Orchard Grass Hay
Orchard Grass is a flat leaf bladed perennial, cool season, tall-growing grass.  Our orchard grass is high in fiber and low in protein to help support a healthy digestive tract. The leaves vary from green to bluish green depending on the maturity of the plant.

Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 7.00%
  • Crude Fat min 1.50%
  • Crude Fiber max 32.00%
  • Moisture max 15.00%

 

Oat Hay
Oat Hay
Our Oat Hay is cut at exactly the right time, when the oat seed is out of the milk stage and into the dough. This ensures a high quality product still showing some color with good carbohydrate content and sweetness in the stem. Cutting at the proper time means animals will eat the entire hay stem with little waste. Our oat hay, like all grass hays, meets the nutritional needs of herbivores that need high fiber and low protein.

Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 7.00%
  • Crude Fat min 1.50%
  • Crude Fiber max 32.00%
  • Moisture max 15.00%

 

Forage Hay


Forage Hay is a muliti grain hay that consists of oats, wheat and barley.  This hay is relatively new to the hay world, but is an excellent feed for all classes of livestock.  It has become very popular and is an excellent feed source.  Just like our oat hay, our forage hay is cut at the optimal time to ensure a highly palatable feed for horses, cattle, goats and sheep.  Our forage is locally grown and is not irrigated, so it does not develop large stems.  This results in a desirable high quality hay. 

Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 7.00%
  • Crude Fat min 1.50%
  • Crude Fiber max 32.00%
  • Moisture max 15.00%

 

Straw
Straw
Our barn stored straw is clean and shiny with good density to the bales. Straw isn't just used for bedding. High quality straw like ours can be used as a feed supplement. It can be mixed in with alfalfa hay, molasses or grain to add roughage and extend your feed bill dollar.

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