Lousy and Expensive Bermuda Hay in Phoenix

Poor quality hay in Phoenix has brought much concern to TBN Ranch. I had a load of Bermuda hay delivered on Monday and it’s dried out, brown in the middle and all the horses here are just picking at it. Even my burro who is happy to get anything at all is turning up his nose.

I bought this and all my hay for the last 10 years from C&H Hay in Phoenix. When I called to complain they were very nice and offered to do a refund or exchange. But I’m pretty sure hay purchased elsewhere is going to be the same crappy barn stored hay. There is a hay shortage not only here, but all over the West primarily due to drought. Today I’m checking out a few other local hay suppliers and see what their hay looks like. However, I have a feeling I’ll be equally disappointed. If I’m wrong, I have another problem… it will most likely be sold at a premium price. I’m expecting a better quality Bermuda (if there is any) to be near $20 a bale. Yikes!

I suggest anybody buying hay in the Phoenix area to check out the hay quality before you buy. It’s a royal pain to return hay and have another load delivered.

See the difference in quality?


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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8 Responses to Lousy and Expensive Bermuda Hay in Phoenix

  1. Ewwww. That batch looks horrible!

  2. A New Path says:

    Sorry about the hay! Hope this cheers you up. Congratulations! You have been selected to win the prestigious Katie blog award for creative blogging, given by a miniature horse. Here is a link to the award! http://machomojave.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/and-the-winners-are/

  3. Glad you found better hay at only a slightly higher cost. Bastards shouldn’t even carry that trash! After all, it’s food! I wonder how they’d feel if we downgraded the buyers at C&H ground round to stuff labeled “Meat”.

  4. Ingrid says:

    Hope you find some better stuff. Seems like everything these days has gone up in price….no fun!

  5. Not good news. Do hope you manage to source something the equines are happy to eat but more importantly at a decent price!

  6. bulldog says:

    Wow it does not look good… but $20 a bail… seems expensive..

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