Alfalfa, just after it was harvested.

Up close you can see that alfalfa and grass are very different.

Grass, just after it was harvested.

The ranch produces 2 cuttings of hay each year.  The rancher cuts the plants with a mower.  The cuttings are then raked into rows.  Then a baler scoops up the dried cuttings and makes bales of hay.  Bales can either be big and round or small and rectangular.

Dried alfalfa.  It is now "hay".

The alfalfa hay on the left has lots of leafy material.  Animals usually prefer tasty alfalfa over grass.

Dried grass.  It is now "hay".

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