When looking at Timothy hay, you’ll notice the stem, the leaf, and the flower. The stems have the most fiber in them. While the leaves have more fat and protein. The first cutting of Timothy hay yields the most stems.
Which means, you guessed it, the most fiber! It also has the flower head, which a lot of animals get excited about.
More stems also mean a coarser texture that requires more chewing. This is great because many small animals have teeth that just keep growing! Having lots of coarse hay to chew on files their teeth down. And also keeps their teeth clean!
On the other hand, some animals don’t have the energy to chew this hay all day. This leads to them eating less hay and possibly missing out on the nutrients they need. This is often the case with senior animals.
The more fiber your animal eats the fuller they get. So, if you have an animal who needs to lose a little fluff around the middle, 1st cut timothy hay can help them lose weight. And of course, all that fiber keeps their digestive tract working as it should. Animals with digestive tract issues may need to charge up their diet with the extra fiber of 1st cutting Timothy hay.