Box 1537 · Panhandle, TX 79068 · Phone:
SouthCross Farms is a producer of some of the finest horse quality hay
available anywhere. The soils in the Panhandle of Texas provide
excellent fertility for growth and feed value development. The climate
provides high daytime temperatures for curing and good nighttime
moisture for baling. Both a necessity if you are to get truly horse
quality alfalfa hay bales.
All our fields are
with natural composting cow manure, never any chemical fertilizers.
Irrigated with center pivot sprinklers applying over 6 gallons per acre
to insure the alfalfa plants are never stressed for lack of water.
Weekly checks for pest and weed control by an independent agronomist to
provide the best possible standing alfalfa for baling.
Fields are swathed and windrowed at the optimum time for maximum feed
value retention. The hay is allowed to field cure to a moisture content
below 15%. Only after adequate moisture returns in the form of humdity
are the balers moved into the field and baling completed.
This diciplined approach is necessary to produce a bale with maximum
leaf retention. 70% of an alfalfa plants nutrients are tied up in the
leaves. Without attention to baling moisture and leaf retention you may
get a green bale but you won't get a horse quality bale.
At SouthCross Farms we do
best to put up our alfalfa as small bale horse quality hay.
Unfortunately mother nature does not always cooperate. When the weather
does not allow us to bale hay that meets our exacting standards for
horse quality, we put the hay up in large 3' x 4' x 8' square bales.
This does not mean its not quality hay, it just is not hay we will sell
for horses. If you are a cattle breeder or cow-calf operator give us a
call. Our large squares make great winter forage. Our alfalfa's high
protein content really helps those lactating mothers and mothers to be.
Our alfalfa makes it's way all around the state of Texas and the
southeast U.S. Much of it goes to wild game ranches to promote good
antler growth and good animal health. For these clients we bale large
square horse quality hay on a custom order basis. Will be glad to quote
you a price and bale up your required volume during our next cut.