Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

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Hay Suppliers

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The most important factor to consider when purchasing hay is the kind of animal that you will be feeding. Generally, horses need better quality hay than cattle, since horses cannot tolerate as much dust or mold. However, all species require good nutrition. Gestation, lactation, conception, and performance are all influenced by the quality of hay and feed provided for them.

Many kinds of grasses and legumes are grown in Florida as hay for livestock. Among those are Coastal Bermudagrass, Callie Bermudagrass, Pensacola and Argentine Bahiagrass, Pangola, Alicia, Alyce Clover, Stargrass, Peanut, Perennial Peanut, Oat Hay and Rye Straw, and others. These can be sold as straight grass, or as a mixture of grasses or legumes. Wheat straw is used by many horse owners for bedding.Oats cut when the grain is starting to enter the milk stage make excellent hay. It is also very palatable, medium in protein content, and higher in energy than many other types of hay.

Many horse owners like to feed their horses alfalfa hay or a timothy and alfalfa mixture. Alfalfa hay buyers should be aware that alfalfa will generally run from 15 percent to 22 percent protein. Alfalfa that has been cut early will be more palatable to horses. Young, tender plants have a very high leaf to stem ratio; also, more food value is contained in the leaves than in the stems. Perennial Peanut Hay is becoming popular with horse owners for use as a replacement or as an alternative to alfalfa.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services maintains a list of hay suppliers throughout Florida, but, because hay suppliers are not required to register with the Department, the list is not a complete one.  Being listed does not imply that a hay supplier is endorsed, approved or otherwise sanctioned by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Hay Locator

The grid below lists farming operations throughout Florida that supply various types of livestock hay and forage. Call the farming operation directly to confirm availability, days and hours of operation, prices, types and sizes of bales, and transportation requirements.

Hay Suppliers in Florida
County Supplier Name Location Telephone
Alachua Bristow Farms Hawthorne (352) 481-0018
  H&S Dugger Farms Hawthorne (352) 481-3169
  Dale Hayes Gainesville (352) 373-4922
  JAFO Farm Micanopy (352) 591-1796
  Midwest Farm and Feed High Springs (386) 454-1271
  Rock'n J Ranch Newberry (352) 284-3257
  Sullivan Farms Alachua (352) 215-1018
  Larry Turner Newberry (352) 258-6723
Baker Wyman Griffis Glen St. Mary (904) 275-2122
  Lamell Harvey Glen St. Mary (904) 259-2533
Bradford Oden Farms Brooker (352) 485-2575
Brevard Richard Flamm Palm Bay (321) 412-0534
Citrus Curtis Peters or Jody Woodard Crystal River (352) 563-2580
  Shamrock Farm Crystal River (352) 795-1906
Columbia Allison Brothers, LLC. Lake City (386) 303-1393
  Haystack Farms, Inc. Lake City (386) 963-5438
Desoto Rick White Arcadia (863) 990-1049
Escambia Ted and Victoria Dennis Pensacola (850) 554-9019
  Mike Johnson Pensacola (850) 393-4040
Flagler Strickland Sod Farm, Inc. Bunnell (386) 437-0062
Gilchrist J&S Farms Bell (386) 623-6116
Glades Keith Pearce Okeechobee (863) 634-7007
Hamilton Billy Blair Jennings (386) 938 3271
  Nathan Griffin Jennings (386) 938-3873
Hendry Frazier Hay Farms Palmdale (863) 233-1459
  Sweet Cypress Ranch La Belle (863) 673-6751
Hernando J.C. III Ranch Brooksville (352) 796-5000
  Jim Cheze Brooksville (352) 799-5310
  William Davis Brooksville (352) 799-0620
Hillsborough Collins Plant City (813) 752-2489
Jackson Beauchamp Farms Marianna (850) 762-8216
  Ted Bruner Bascom (850) 592-2690
  Marvin Barrick Bascom (850) 592-9873
  Steve Basford Grand Ridge (850) 526-8392
  Baxter Farms Malone (850) 569-5240
  Bill and Donna Conrad Bascom (850) 569-1137
  Rex Douthit Sneads (850) 593-6857
  Robert Douthit Sneads (850) 593-5300
  Dennis Pete Greenwood (850) 723-3345
Lafayette Marc Stucker Mayo (386) 294-3503
Lake Allen Applebee Lady Lake (352) 753-2009
  H. Scott Howey-in-the-Hills (352) 324-2534
  Kent Keller Tangerine (352) 267-5662
Lee David Meloy Hay Co. Inc. Fort Myers (239) 694-4611
  Triple B Farm Fort Myers (239) 543-8096
Leon Harold D. Kinchen Tallahassee (850) 575-1629
Levy J Bar C Farms Trenton (352) 463-3824
Madison Bar 11 Ranch - Charles H. Bronson Madison (850) 668-2456
  Josh Boan Pinetta (850) 567-0451
  Cone Family Farms, LLC Greenville (850) 973-2399
  Curtis Farm Madison (850) 464-3948
  Jim Dixon / Dixon Farms Madison (850) 973-8592
  Hudson Farms Greenville (850) 948-3074
  Charles Paarlberg Lee (850) 971-5707
Manatee Robinson's Hay, Inc. Myakka City (941) 737-2581
Marion Midwest Feed and Farm Ocala (352) 351-8008
  Oak Lane Farm Citra (352) 591-0185
  Twin Oaks Farm Citra (352) 812-6613
Okeechobee Kenneth Dryden Okeechobee (863) 634-3279
Palm Beach The Hay String Farms West Palm Beach (561) 346-3119
Pasco Allie Cone Land O Lakes (813) 362-1405
  Rowland Farms Dade City (352) 521-1046
Polk Casons Farm Lakeland (863) 858-7406
  John Hause Winter Haven (863) 412-2683
  Barry Hall Mulberry (863) 425-5953
  Toney Holton Lakeland (863) 640-9381
  Robert E. King Lakeland (863) 859-1161
Putnam T. Ray Allen and Kevin Allen Palatka (386) 325-2419
Santa Rosa Jerry Bloechle Milton (850) 983-3699
  Keith McGee Jay (850) 675-1068
Sumter David Caruthers Wildwood (352) 303-4345
  Dan Dudeck Bushnell (352) 568-7231
  Lake Sumter Hay LLC Lake Panasoffkee (352) 303-5948
  Todd Ranch Center Hill (352) 793-9614
Suwannee Jason and Laura Bashaw Live Oak (386) 208-0614
  Stanley Cribbs Wellborn (386) 362-9098
  Curtis Farm Live Oak (386) 464-3948
  Haas Farms McAlpin (386) 961-3258
  Haystack Farms Lake City (386) 963-5438
  Mark Randell Wellborn (386) 208-2758
  Andy Snider O'Brien (386) 935-0301
  Townsend Brothers Farm Live Oak (386) 364-4363
Taylor Buckeye Hay Farm Perry (800) 838-2218
  Lawrence Rowell Shady Grove (850) 584-9818
Union M&S Farms Lake Butler (386) 623-3810
  M&S Fertilizer and Farm, Inc. Lake Butler (386) 754-5407
  Smith and Sons Sod Co., Inc. Lake Butler (904) 755-4328
  C.L. Thomas Lake Butler (386) 755-0654
  Triple D Farms Union County (904) 813-1370
Volusia Markalee Blackwelder DeLeon Springs (386) 985-4560
  W. Hay LLC Daytona Beach (386) 274-2202
  Bill Johnson DeLeon Springs (386) 985-4218
  Kiel Farm and Forestry Operations Port Orange (386) 756-7974
  Melvin Moore Osteen (407) 322-0368
  Southeastern Hay and Nursery Inc. Daytona Beach (386) 423-1670
Wakulla Mike Alvarez Crawfordville (850) 210-0129
Walton Ron Prokop DeFuniak Springs (850) 834-3333
  Chet and Marsha Winegarner DeFuniak Springs (850) 892-4888
Washington Weber Dairy Vernon (850) 535-2613

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