[QUOTE=The Green Oasis;8573904]Our barn stored, organic Timothy Grass is grown by a well known Amish family in Colorado.
Our hay is cut, raked and baled with Percheron horse drawn machinery. This process prevents contamination from exhaust or chemicals found in conventionally made hay.
Our Timothy Grass grows at a high altitude of 8000’, with cold nights and all natural nitrogen, creating a higher protein.
Our Timothy is slow growing and cut young, once per year, making it highly palatable.
We are proud of our Timothy hay and offer an analysis upon request.
Pick up or delivery available.
The Green Oasis
3531 E Telegraph Rd
Fillmore, Ca 93015
Kessa 407 963 1768[/QUOTE]
“This process prevents contamination from exhaust or chemicals found in conventionally made hay”
Not to be snarky. But Please, that’s a bit of a stretch. The baler is pulled behind the tractor it is completely mechanical and is driven by a PTO shaft. The exhaust of the tractor go out a high stack and little to none will settle on and contaminate what is being baled.
I live in Amish country PA and the balers they use are pulled by a team of horses. BUT they use a standard baler that has an engine mounted on it. While I am sure there are some VERY traditional Amish left using ancient horse drawn hay balers they certainly couldn’t make enough to supply a commercial market. And certainly wouldn’t make a better bale of “organic hay”.
Considering the amount of labor and time it takes to make good hay with modern equipment and the return on investment, time and labor is marginal. I can’t see how it would be anyway near profitable enough to make any quantity at a price people are willing to pay to make it with completely horse draw equipment.
I lived in Colorado and I grow Timothy and its cousin Orchard in PA. Colorado’s climate is not that conducive to growing of either. This variety of grass hay was cultivated originally in New Hampshire. Lot of moisture, cool evenings and humidity. It grows well from Maryland to parts north. Timothy grows even better a bit more north. We get at least 2 if not 3 very good cuttings a season.