Originally Posted by Crimsonhorse01
Hay prices around here are ridicules. I know for some of you its cheap, but in NW wy I could get a ton of nice alfalfa grass for $60 small squares. Now since I am in the Booming Gillette area its about 120 a ton sm sq (cheapest) to $70 a Lrg Bale. Last year I paid 85? A large bale.
I usually head across border to SD for a trailer load at $70 a ton. I think its worth the 2 hour drive to and from.
Those prices would kill me!
I don't think we could afford to have horses at those prices. We pay $25/round bale (we pick it up) and, depending on the time of year, $2 - $3 for a square bale, usually 50 cents more per bale if it is delivered.
Those are the prices for "horse quality" hay. We buy lower quality hay for $15/round bale to use as bedding, because you can't really buy straw around here. We get it from our regular hay supplier, it's not moldly or anything, just not as good a cutting. Our horses leave the lower quality hay alone because they prefer the good stuff, but at least this way if they eat a little bit of bedding, it isn't a big deal. We can get sawdust to use as bedding (I prefer that to the hay) for free, but we have to pay someone to haul it for us, so it isn't worth it for now. We need to get a bigger truck!