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    04-08-2012, 04:54 AM
Feed prices in you area

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Mainly hay.
And mainly directed at BOs, but all are welcome to contribute.
I'm curious what the prices of your feed have been like over the last year or so.
Increases? Decreases?
Location? (Are prices different here than in NY?).

As for me...
In in Southern California, Los Angeles County.
Hay prices for me have been unpleasant.
A little over a year ago (Around February - March), Alfalfa and the standard Mix varieties were $8 - $10 a bale.
By the end of April, they were $13 - $15 a bale.
By August, they were $17 - $19 a bale.
Now the are all close in price, $19 - $21 a bale.

So the prices for hay are now more than double what they were a little over a year ago.

Someone I met last year that does some international commerce said that the reason for the large price increase was that China was buying a lot of our hay.
I don't know if this is true and I'm not trying to start a race war or a debate or anything.
And I only met the guy once (The boss of a friend of mine, so I buy his business experience, but I have doubts about that statement)
/rant over

I'm just curious if anyone has heard why hay prices are increasing, regardless of how ridiculous it may be.
But more interested in hearing what prices are like across the the expanse of the members here.
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    04-08-2012, 05:03 AM
I'm in Northwest Washington state and our prices have only increased about a dollar or so a bale. But our hay is all grown in-state. I do know that portions of the country have had serious drought issues, and so prices have gone up overall....
    04-08-2012, 06:06 AM
Hay prices are typically tied to the price of fertilizer, diesel, and the weather (of course). Luckily, we haven't seen an increase in the price of hay from our grower during the last 2 years. For orchard/fescue mix we're (in NC) still paying $6/square bale (~45 lbs) and $60/round (~800 lbs).
For feed, we buy a performance mix from our local mill @$15/bag.
    04-08-2012, 07:21 AM
Green Broke
We started buying hay last September since we boarded our horses prior to that. The prices haven't changed since. We pay $4/sq. Bale of mixed grass. We don't buy round bales since we don't have equipment to move it. We buy bulk sweet feed @ $15/80 lb. Bags. We also buy 50 lb. Bags of rolled pellet beet pulp @ $9. I was told buy the guy a the mill that we could expect beet pulp to go up because China is buying it up. There's a broker in CA that distributes it and is mainly selling large quantities to China.

The reason I heard hay prices went up in southern states was from the drought last year. The guy we buy hay from sent some to Texas for $12 a bale. That was what a supplier paid so they marked it up even more. Hopefully this year is better for all you in the south.
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    04-08-2012, 11:04 AM
My big rounds went from $40 to $50 three years ago with a big jump in gas prices. That's the price delivered, one each week. Cheaper if I get 5 or 6 at once. Oats are $14 for 50lbs at the feed store, half that from a farmer. A fellow picks up my Senior's at the feed company so I save $6 bag from feed store.
    04-08-2012, 11:31 AM
Green Broke
We are in Southeastern Indiana - I purchase my hay direct from a local farmer. For a nice grass hay we pay $3.50 for squares (average 60+ pounds) and $35 for large rounds, that are about 1000 pounds. I have paid anywhere from $3 - 5.50 per bale for squares around here.
    04-08-2012, 11:41 AM
Green Broke
We are paying $8.00 for two strand Bermuda locally grown, and I pay $16/50lb for the Woodys finish line feed that I am currently using. Hay is hard to find, because the hay that is usually here all winter went to Texas. Weather has been good though and in a week or so I'll be picking up behind the baler and stock piling. I feed hay year round.
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    04-08-2012, 11:45 AM
I put up my own hay but in my area nice grass avg is $3.50/square, grass & alfalfa mix $4.50, straight alfalfa $6.

Other feed - I feed Progressive and it runs me $32.50/50 lb bag.
    04-08-2012, 11:55 AM
And to add....
The bales I get are about 80lbs each
Oat, Barley, Alfalfa mix.
    04-08-2012, 12:13 PM
Originally Posted by CodeMonk    
And to add....
The bales I get are about 80lbs each
Oat, Barley, Alfalfa mix.

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