Haylage is made from grasses and legumes which are pre-bloom or early flowering. Once the forage is cut, it is left to dry for less time than traditional hay, and it is then compressed and packed in thick plastic to retain moisture. Mild fermentation occurs that prevents fungal spores from developing.
Haylage is feed which is halfway between fully air-dried hay and moister, more highly fermented, large-bale wrapped silage (which is not appropriate for horses). Haylage is available both in bales and finely chopped in bags.
Meadow hay is the name for hay made from permanent and natural grasslands. Meadow hay contains a variety of grasses and other plants like clover, herbs and wild flowers.
Meadow haylage is typically high in fiber and low in protein. Meadow hay can be purchased in bales, or in bags which contain finely cut hay that is appropriate for feeding small animals like pet rabbits and guinea pigs.