Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
From someone who has been window-shopping balers, I can tell you that you have to have machinery to get in this much hay. You need at LEAST a 5 day window to properly cure the hay by turning often,drying in the sun, and grabbing the grass into flakes, then bales. Most balers that pull behind a tractor will tie up and stack 15 bales at a time.
Here is some perspective for you to consider.
Last year I bought a field+ of 165 bales. I put 30 bales on my truck one evening, then picked up and emptied into my loft 135 bales the next day. I did this ALONE. I don't know how I did it, but it was too much for me to do again soon. I COULD do that much again with help. This hay was on about 4 acres--could have been 3--and was 5 miles from my house. The cost was right, but this accounted for MY labor instead of the sellers.
I have been stacking my own hay for 12 years now, so this isn't the first time. Can you hire someone to do this? I would.