Can anyone tell me what Orchard Grass hay is and how good it is?
In Texas and I've found someone that is selling Orchard Grass Hay at $9/bale, apparently out of Colorado. That's way cheaper than the Coastal from the feedstore at $12/bale - but I know NOTHING about Orchard Grass.
Orchard Grass is good stuff... I'd feed it over Coastal any day!
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My horse loves orchard. I've been getting a 1st cutting orchard/timothy mix for $ 6.75 a 40-45lb bale from my hay guy that comes from NY. 2nd cutting was even nicer than the 1st but it came in smaller bales and cost a dollar more..my horse would eat it way too fast so I swtiched it back to 1st.
My horse coliced on coastal so I stay far away.....
I wish I could find plain orchard grass here -- I get an orchard/alfalfa mix (which just hit $12.50 a bale, for comparison -- your $9 sounds reasonable given the transportation costs involved.)
I'd much rather feed a plain grass hay and add pellets or cubes if needed, but it's this or the local coastal, which is cheaper at first glance, but not when you add in the vet bills! (Patrick gets bloated and colicky on coastal. Not fun.)
If it's good quality hay, grab it and forget about the coastal bermuda!
Ditto all the above. Just check the respective bale weights, though, rather than buying just by the bale. Orchard tends to be 'fluffy', so bales can be super-light weight and horses can hoover it down.
I got some beautiful orchard round bales a few years ago. The bales were about 6' in diameter, but much lighter than a normal 4' timothy bale. I was used to the free choice timothy bales lasting about a week and a half--orchard bales disappeared in, like, 2 days! And I'm pretty sure the horses got visibly fatter...
I feed orchard/alfalfa mix and my little hoovers absolutely love it. Everyone who sees it comments on what nice hay I have. Thankfully our prices for it are nothing like yours! I payed $5 for 60-70lb bales of beautiful 2nd cut this year.