High quality western alfalfa and alfalfa/grass mixtures are quite possibly the most nutritious animal feed produced anywhere in the world. According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, over 48% of the alfalfa and alfalfa / grass mixtures produced in the U.S. in 2013 came from the 11 western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Highly fertile soil, abundant irrigation, minimal humidity, and low annual rainfall create the perfect climate to produce high quality hay. Arid western climates aid in the high speed curing of forages that will be baled. Hay can be cured in a very short amount of time allowing producers to make beautiful green hay with excellent feed values. Sun, excessive dew moisture, and rain can strip forages of their nutrients and bleach color away in a matter of days. The largest volumes of the highest quality forages are grown in the west consistently year after year.