Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: South Central PA
• Horses: 0
I look for a high ratio of leaves (and lack of leaf shatter) to stalks, and few seed heads (if there are lots of heads the grass was cut more mature). As far as the color, good hay can be green to pale gold, depending on the type (but should not be brown). But always check the inside of the bale for color, as they sun bleach (which reduces only the Vitamin A content).
I always like the hay to be "soft" in texture, not coarse. I inspect multiple bales for insects, trash, and weeds and dust/dirt.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.