How Our Hay is Unique

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Mountain grown grass hay, grass-alfalfa mix, square bales and round bales Your horse will be happy every time you bring a flake of mountain grown Colorado horse hay from Grandview Ranch to his feed bunk. Owned and operated by Gary and Doris Hubbell, Grandview Ranch has over 100 acres of hay meadows in production near Crawford, Colorado. At an elevation of 6,500 feet, the hayfields are seeded in a mix of native grasses, alfalfa, and hay grasses. 


The Grandview Ranch fields are not a sterile patch of one species of grass or alfalfa. Gary and Doris take great care to grow their hay in as close to a natural environment as possible. The fields contain a great variety of grasses, clover, and alfalfa. Species present include timothy, orchard grass, fescue, reed canary grass, smooth brome, five or six species of native grasses, and some ceryx in the wetter parts of the field. Legumes include alfalfa, red clover, and white clover for a higher protein content. First cutting hay is roughly 20% alfalfa and clover, depending on which parts of the field are cut. Second cutting hay is approximately 40-50% alfalfa and clover. Your horse won’t be eating just one species of grass every day! He’ll love the variety and mix of forages, protein, and roughage.


Our fields are a rich mix of wildlife, starting with leopard frogs and salamanders in the ditches. We have grasshoppers, so you’ll find many praying mantis, kestrels (a small hawk), bluebirds, and flickers (a western woodpecker) that feed on the grasshoppers. There is a breeding pair of redtail hawks in one of the cottonwood trees on the property. We have wild pheasant, rabbits, fox, an occasional skunk, coyotes, and lots of mule deer living on the ranch. The ditch banks and gulleys are filled with willows, tall reed canary grass, and cattails, and we’re blessed with some beautiful stands of narrow-leaf and broad-leaf cottonwoods. Consequently, we choose not to spray herbicides and pesticides on the ranch. We control our weeds the old-fashioned way—digging them out with a shovel! We leave plenty of hay uncut on the margins of our fields to provide habitat for songbirds, pheasants, deer, and other critters.


We irrigate our fields using flood irrigation from the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River. During the spring, this snowmelt water contains a fair amount of sediment as it comes flushing off the nearby West Elks range. This sediment is a natural fertilizer to our fields, releasing new iron, zinc, manganese, copper, and other minerals into our fields on an annual basis. Our fields are not depleted of nutrients, as are many agricultural fields across the nation. Our nights are cool and the days are sunny, so we get outstanding growth in our stands of hay. The only concession we make to modern agriculture is to fertilize our fields with nitrogen. 

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