Mountain Hay vs Valley Hay

Mountain hay and valley hay differ primarily in their growing environments and resulting nutritional qualities. Mountain hay is harvested from higher elevations areas in norther california, typically found in mountainous regions such as McArtur, Burney, and in Southern Oregon. The growing conditions at higher altitudes often lead to slower grass growth and cooler temperatures, which can result in a hay that is more mature and fibrous. Mountain hay tends to have a coarser texture, and while it may be lower in protein, it can be higher in fiber content.

On the other hand, valley hay is harvested from lower elevation areas in norther california such as: Redding, Anderson, and Cottowood. It is often characterized by milder climates and more fertile soils. The lower altitudes and warmer temperatures in valleys can lead to faster grass growth and potentially higher protein content in the hay. Valley hay is generally more tender and leafy. The choice between mountain hay and valley hay depends on the specific dietary requirements of the animals being fed, as well as their age and activity level. Most feed strores in the Northern California areas of Redding, Anderson, Cottownwood, and Palo Cedro carry both Mountain and Valley Hay which may be fed to Horses or considered Horse Hay.

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