We Supply and export hay products include all forage and roughage products such as: Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, Rye Hay, Grass Hay, Straw
However, our core export product is sun-cured alfalfa hay grown in the Western Cape. We offer a variety of bale sizes and package options. For information on bales size and packaging, please read Hay Export Packaging for Alfalfa Export. Also read about our Natural Press Fresh
Flake Small Bale Alfalfa
How Do You Grade Alfalfa?
First, The Company uses the SA nutrition guideline to determine the alfalfa grade. The SA guideline is objective, meaning it is based solely on scientific analysis. Using a special tool, we take core samples from multiple bales out of every stack. We send the samples to third-party labs for analysis. Each year, our labs must be certified by the National Forage Testing Association.
CP means “crude protein” and RFV means relative feed value. Generally, customers will ask for “Premium” alfalfa or they’ll say, “I need 18/150 alfalfa.”
Second, there is a lot more to grading alfalfa than CP and RFV. As experienced alfalfa exporters, we also consider the alfalfa’s physical characteristics. Of course, physical traits are subjective, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder! The experienced and well-informed hay-buyer understands how to judge these alfalfa appearance which can take many years to learn. Physical characteristics of alfalfa include:
leaf to stem ratio
There’s a lot more to grading export hay than we thought!
Third, the origin of the hay matters. In hot and sunny climates, alfalfa grows very fast and tends to be more dry with thinner stems. These areas might yield up to 11 cuttings. Colder climates tend to produce slow-growing alfalfa that is soft with thick stems. Areas like this usually have 3-4 cuttings per year. High desert and central regions produce a combination of physical traits depending on the time of year. 5-6 cuttings are normal in central regions.
Finally, the most important factor for grading alfalfa is the need of the customer.
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