The Best Way to Store and Open Bag of Chaffhaye

Edward Dunphy, Director of Retail Marketing

Chaffhaye is different from other hay products because, once opened, it acts like a fresh product.  When you open a bag, the forage becomes exposed to oxygen, and begins to lose its freshness.  Chaffhaye is guaranteed fresh for 18 months, as it arrives sealed from the factory.  Once the bag is opened, generally, Chaffhaye will remain fresh for 7 to 14 days, depending on weather conditions.  An opened bag should be stored out of the sun in its original bag and re-closed to prolong freshness.  Follow these three steps.

Step 1.  Open the bag

Use a knife or box opener to cut along the top seam of the bag.

opening a bag of chaffhaye

Step 2.  Remove hay and roll the top down

After removing the serving, roll the top back down and press out all the air. DO NOT TRANSFER PRODUCT INTO ANOTHER STORAGE CONTAINER – this will reintroduce oxygen and shorten the shelf life.

Removing hay from Chaffhaye bag

Step 3. Hold down the top

Seal the bag by taping or placing a heavy object on top.  Set in a cool place.  If storing for longer than one week, you may remove product to place in individual freezer bags and freeze to keep fresh.

Rolling down the top of Chaffhaye bag  Chaffhaye bag with rock on top

The Best Method – The Chaffhaye bag is specifically engineered to extend the forage’s shelf-life.  For that reason, we recommend always storing Chaffhaye inside the original bag.  For best results, do not place inside containers as this can heat the product.

CFC Farm & Home Center stocks plenty of chaffhaye.  Stop on by our nearest Virginia location to learn more.