As a general rule, alfalfa is best suited for dairy use between the months of
September and May. During these months, the alfalfa is at its peak protein and
digestible nutrient levels, thus making it too rich for horses.
The best time to purchase hay for horses is from June through August. The
protein levels have dropped due to the hot weather, and these are the heaviest
yielding months for the alfalfa harvest. Historically, for both price and
quality suited to horses, these are your best months to buy.
Due its digestive qualities and lower protein when compared to alfalfa, it has
become a suggested alternative to feeding alfalfa by many veterinarians around
the State of Arizona, depending on the needs of the particular animal, of
course. It is produced during the hot summer months and early fall. Look for
your best buys between the months of June-August.
Oat hay is only produced in the early months of the harvest cycle, particularly
February-April, and sometimes May, and can get quite costly, depending on
availability. Used as a feed for dairy and beef cattle.
Typically harvested in the months between June-September, this product is ideal
for feeding beef cattle, particularly calves. It is generally less expensive
than alfalfa, but also much lower on protein. Sudan is very high on fiber and
is heavily exported to Japan for this particular quality.
This product is very similar to bermuda hay in its protein levels and feed
qualities. It commonly grown in Colorado and is quite expensive when compared
to bermuda hay.