I have three 3 acre paddocks that are completely optimized as per the Penn State Extension service for nutrients and fertilization. It is all grass made up of endophyte free tall fescue, orchard grass, perennial rye, and Kentucky Blue. Also weed free, as I apply herbicide.
In the spring I keep the horses off two of the paddocks and have my neighbor make hay for me. We get about 35 4X4 round bales. I get half, he gets half.
All I am interested in is the 15-20 round bales I get. My main concern is that I am not taking advantage of him! He has no trouble selling the hay as there is a large Amish population locally. I have no idea what hay costs, as I have not priced it!
I will also add he is leasing 70 acres from me at below market rates, and when it snows he runs his snowplow truck up my quarter mile driveway! I just want to be certain I am not taking advantage of him!