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    12-19-2011, 03:10 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Aye, yi, yi, I knew it was bad in Texas, but $12.00 a bale for plain old grass mix hay?!

Over the weekend, I got 50 huge bales of the prettiest grass mix hay for $3.50 a bale. Sure, I had to load and unload it myself, but the supplier is only 13 miles from my house, and her bales run 50-75 pounds each.
I'm jealous! Here in Arizona my BO is paying $17-$18 for a bale of Alfalfa in my area. I'm not sure what the price of bermuda is but it is ridiculous.

We are getting screwed because all of our hay is being sent to Texas.
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    12-19-2011, 04:11 PM
Originally Posted by haleylvsshammy    
We are getting screwed because all of our hay is being sent to Texas.
I think saying you are getting screwed is stretching it.
Yes, hay that is produced there (and in my state) is shipped out of state. Which makes you have to pay more for it.
But think about it the other way.
If your farmers did not have that market they probably would not be producing hay at all, and would switch to a product they can more easily produce and make more money on.

On the board increase topic, I agree with Maura. The barn owner is covering her increased costs. Just because you have three horses does not mean each of your three costs her less than three horses owned by three different people. I have never understood a multiple horse discount.
    12-19-2011, 05:25 PM
Well I don't board but we have our horses on grass all summer and some bales, Alfelfa/grass and we pay 3 to 3.50 a bale and they are about 60 to 80 pounds. Our round bales were 15 to 20 per bale that are about 900 to 1000. But I keep my horses at my house plus we have a well but right now for a heater is 3 a day so we have a little one will fill all the time and its cheeper that way.
    12-19-2011, 05:39 PM
Originally Posted by HarleyWood    
plus we have a well but right now for a heater is 3 a day so we have a little one will fill all the time and its cheeper that way.
I honestly have no idea what you're saying here.
    12-19-2011, 05:39 PM
I can say that my single quarterhorse costs about $75 more a month to feed this year than he would have last year, and I can't even afford to be picky about what hay I buy right now. $12 a bale for just okay hay is the going rate, up from $7 per bale last year. Stupid drought.
    12-19-2011, 05:41 PM
Speaking of the drought, what are your long range forecasts in Texas?

We Virginians started out with a water deficit this year, but made up for it and are fairly close to normal now. In fact, I think my area is right on target for rainfall for the year. Which is why we got such an abundance of hay this year. Most if not all of the farmers got 3 full cuttings this year. Last year we got only 2 good ones, and a piddling 3rd cut.
    12-19-2011, 05:47 PM
We have a water heater that costs us $3 a day to heat up their water so we got a 15 gallon bucket that we have to fill up more but save money to heat it.
    12-19-2011, 05:48 PM
If you're on a well, you're using electricity to fill up that smaller bucket more often, so I'm not sure you're really saving any money by not using the heater.
    12-19-2011, 05:52 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Speaking of the drought, what are your long range forecasts in Texas?
Almanac says drought, drought, and more drought at least into early summer in South TX. Sounds horrible, but a hurricane might be better. But just a piddly one. The hay fields are taking such a beating that I'm worried that even when the rains do come, all that will grow is the weeds that managed to survive.
    12-19-2011, 05:54 PM
Ugh, that's awful. Sorry to hear it.

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