Which animals do you feed?
From high performance race horses to domestic rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas, all herbivores large and small will thrive on Timothy Hay from Newhay.
Why Timothy Hay is so good
Timothy Hay is a premium forage and feed for herbivores (large and small) because it is high in fibre and low in sugar. It is also very palatable and tasty to eat.
A good quality product should look green and smell fresh. It should be free from dust and mould. If stored well, in dry conditions out of direct sunlight, Timothy Hay can last for several years.
All of our Timothy Hay products are grown and produced on prime arable land on our farm in North Yorkshire. We’re proud of our tradition of quality through every stage of our process.
Watch our video to see first hand how we grow our Timothy Hay crop and manufacture it within a 48 hour lead time, to maximise the quality of the premium hay feed we produce.Find out more
Just like humans, animals need to be given the right food in order to stay healthy. On this website we’ve produced expert feeding guides for rabbits, guinea pigs and other herbivores, such as chinchillas.
Click on one of the herbivores above to see our feeding advice for each animal.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Timothy Hay
Timothy Hay is a variety of grass that becomes hay when it is left long enough on the fields to go to seed. There are over 26 varieties of Timothy Hay and Newhay selects about 3 varieties to grow every year, appropriate to the land and conditions we farm. Timothy Hay produces a premium grass product which is particularly good for animals because it is high in fibre and low in sugar. Fibre is essential for preventing obesity in herbivores as well as maintaining a healthy digestive tract and healthy teeth. A good quality hay should form at least 85-90% of a herbivores diet every single day.
Is hay for feeding or bedding?
Herbivores need to eat quality hay to maintain a healthy diet and so hay is most definitely for feeding. We suggest you use straw or sawdust (which is less expensive) for bedding and a good quality hay, such as dried Timothy Hay for feeding. Remember, whatever hay you put in the hutch, your animal will try to eat it so it’s really important to make sure it is high quality hay that is good enough to eat!
What should I look for when buying hay?
Top 4 tips when choosing hay for your pet:
- Look for a good variety of hay, with appropriate levels of protein and fibre. Hay for feeding should contain at least 7% protein and 25% fibre. Varieties such as Timothy Hay are better quality than meadow hays because they have a higher fibre content, are more palatable and great for chewing and maintaining healthy teeth.
- A good quality hay will smell fresh. If it doesn’t or smells of ammonia then it is mouldy and that’s not good for you or your pet.
- A good quality dry hay should be green, not brown, in colour.
- Avoid hay packs with high levels of dust. You can check this by looking at the bottom of the pack.
How should I store my hay?
If possible remove your hay from any plastic packaging and store in an air-tight container or box, in dry conditions and away from direct sunlight.
How long can I keep my hay?
If it is well-stored a good quality hay can be kept for 2-3 years, although we recommend using hay within a 12 month period.
Why does my hay smell of ammonia?
If your hay has a strong smell, often like ammonia, it is likely your hay is mouldy. If this is the case throw it out and carefully clean your storage container. It is not healthy for any animal to come into contact with mould spores and it’s not good for humans either.
Is brown hay good hay?
The colour of hay relates to the length of time it has been exposed to direct sunlight, as the ultra-violet takes the colour and the nutrients from the stems. For this reason sun-dried hays (left to dry on the fields) tend to be cheaper and of a lesser quality than green hays, which have been dried in a machine shortly after cutting. Brown hay is not necessarily bad hay but it’s not likely to be good quality hay either. If your hay is brown check it still smells fresh and is free from dust. It is also worth remembering that green hay is more palatable and nutritious than brown hay.
How much hay should I feed my pet?
Timothy Hay can be used as a premium feed for large herbivores, such as horses, and for small herbivores including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and degus. Read our expert feeding guides here.