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  • Hay from Tennessee

    I am wondering, all the hay you can buy in Florida is from Canada, or most northern Countries. Some is even from far out west. I have a friend living in Tennessee and he is always talking about the high quality grasshay his horses are eating. So why is this hay not available in Florida?? Wouldn't the shipping be a lot cheaper??

  • #2
    We have high quality grass hay in Tennessee? That's news to me. I have to ship mine in from out west.

    There are a handful of top notch growers here who produce a wonderful product. Your friend must utilize one of them. But on the whole, this is not great hay making country and the bulk of what is baled could be considered mediocre at best. Which is probably why you never hear about people shipping in "Tennessee hay."
    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


    • Original Poster

      Oh, that is interesting. Thank you very much. I have really never been to Tennessee and just listen to my friend. I know that he owns cattle and horses so I figured he goes for good quality. And when I googled it I saw some sources who discussed Tennessee hay. I was in fact thinking of shipping some hay in, but I guess I will ask him to bring a couple of bales with him when he comes down the next time...


      • #4
        Our native grasses tend to be warm season varieties with less nutritional values than the cold season grasses from up north. Much of the state has sparse topsoil before hitting bedrock, further reducing nutrition. While grasses grow really well here, our summers are humid, which can make getting the moisture content down for baling a challenge.

        The quality producers in the state spend a lot on fertilizer, herbicides, and seed to grow an excellent local product... which generally makes it just as expensive as what can be shipped in from the north or west. Sometimes we have good years for local hay from those who put in minimal effort, other years it can be terrible.

        If your friend has a good source at a good price, it would be worth it. But on the whole, it's not the first state I would turn to for hay buying.
        Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


        • Original Poster

          Thank you very much for the information!!! I guess I will have to ask him some questions about his hay. But I will keep you updated what I will do.


          • #6
            Because of the drought I drove up to Tennessee to get hay. With the exception of the hay I bought from Tamara ( Production Acres) the other growers were selling crap. And the hay I bought from her was trucked in from New York and not grown in Tennessee. I know some people get good orchard grass hay from Tennessee but I couldn't find any. What was being sold as Orchard Grass was a mix of fescue, orchard grass, foxtail, broom sedge and various other weeds. And all of the sellers told me they were selling "premium orchard grass" hay.

            I would look at the hay before you commit and see if your horses will eat it.


            • #7
              I have lived in TN for three years now, and have yet to find hay of any great quality. Certainly not anything I would ship any distance.
              "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White


              • #8
                We get local, e tn, hay from several growers. Alfalfa and orchard grass, different hays, that are not cheap but good quality. We value our farmers. We can grow quality but curring it is sometimes problematic.