|The hay we grow at Eagle Butte Ranch is of the highest quality.
With top of the line haying equipment and operators, the hay is cut,
dried, baled and barn stored efficiently. Our employees are
dedicated to putting up the finest horse hay available on the market.
All of our hay is grown without the use of herbicides or insecticides. We use compost and sustainable management to create a quality
product that tests very high in nutrition. Every cutting is individually tested by
giving us full nutritional value of each crop.
Our fields are not a mono-culture, a practice seen often in this age of
chemicals. It is standard to apply a pre-emergent to a field before
planting, which is nothing less than a poison to kill all potentially
competing plants. Once planted, the only crop to grow is what was
seeded. Besides killing the microbes in the soil, creating a 'dead
soil' environment, the crop is nutritionally incomplete. When
feeding this feed to your animals, you are missing the important
nutritional compliments to a diet that a wide variety of other plants can
offer. It would be similar to limiting your diet, for example, to
only one vegetable. If you only ate green beans, you would miss the
vitamins and minerals that other vegetables provide. Our grass and
hay contains all the valuable variety of plants that come from a balance
environment. Dandelions, plantain, multiple grass species, clover,
alfalfa, birdsfoot treefoil, and many other important plants can be
found. This is what allows our hay to test with such high marks from
We try to stay competitive with our pricing, but may be
slightly higher than the average hay seller advertising in the paper.
Our buyers, however, can always be certain that the hay purchased from
us is of a consistent nutritional quality and will satisfy the needs of
We grow natural, certified weed-free hay without the use of
herbicides, or insecticides; a
daunting task. The weeds are individually managed, eliminating the
need for dangerous weed killers. Tests show that the hay is of the
highest quality grass, so it makes for superb forage for working animals
that are being fed in areas requiring certified hay.
Do you have a Cushing's, or Insulin-resistant horse, requiring
sugar feed? We have raised hay testing lower than 12% sugar value
(averaging around 10-11%), meeting the needs of horses under veterinarians
care. This feed tests out with high quality figures, giving your
animal the nutrition they need without the damaging sugars their systems
cannot handle. Interestingly, most of the hay is of a 25% alfalfa/75% grass mix,
dispelling the wives tale that all grass is good and alfalfa is not.
The Laboratory insists that one cannot predict the nutritional value of
feed without the appropriate testing, thus we test every crop, every
cutting, every year. It is extremely difficult to grow low carb/low
sugar hay, so feel fortunate each year when a cutting tests within our
Is your horse under heavy work and in need of the extra
We have hay to meet your needs. Each cutting varies slightly in protein
levels, and sugars, and armed with our research on each crop, we can
determine the perfect hay for your animals.
Of course we have basic, excellent quality horse hay.
As everything is barn stored, we can insure the quality and nutrition stay
at their best.
Bales are small squares, put up with twine. They are baled at 60#
and barn stored. "Sold in quantity" for us is defined as
120 bales or more. Delivery in the Roaring Fork Valley is available
at an extra cost of $2.00 per bale.
All of our hay is guaranteed. If for some reason a bale does not
meet your standards, we will replace it with another. Please keep
the bales for return and we will pick them up when exchanging.
As of Fall of 2014, we have:
- Chemical free, Certified weed free hay, 100% grass. Approx.
500 bales of excellent quality horse hay available, $12 a bale.
- Low carb/low sugar hay for metabolically
challenged horses, grass/alfalfa mix. $12 bale . Approx. 700 bales
available. Excellent quality
- High quality horse hay, $10 bale.