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Horse hay suppliers in Minnesota

Quick facts

When buying hay (either from a private party or from a hay auction), consider the following: 

  • Buy good quality hay. Inspect several bales and evaluate them for content (grass or alfalfa), maturity (presence or absence of seed heads or flowers), smell, color and touch. Ensure bales are free of mold, dust and weeds. 
  • If possible, have the hay tested for quality before purchase. Three of the hay auctions listed on this page are “quality tested” auctions.   
  • Try to keep your hay type (grass and/or alfalfa) consistent. Constantly changing hay types can lead to horse health problems, especially colic.


    The University of Minnesota has compiled a list of hay auctions and private hay suppliers in Minnesota.

    Disclaimer: The auctions and individuals listed below are not endorsed by the University of Minnesota, and are only meant to serve as a resource for horse owners. The listed auctions and individuals are not meant to serve as complete list. Auctions and individuals may not have hay in stock. 


    Krishona Martinson, Extension equine specialist 

    Reviewed in 2018

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