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        07-16-2009, 09:27 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Feeding first cutting straight alfalfa can cause founder, but first cutting alfalfa is usually reserved for cows and goats. Feeding 2nd and 3rd cutting Alfalfa is fine for most horses, though it is high in digestible energy, so some horses can get "hot" or hyper if fed too much Alfalfa.

    Timothy Alfalfa mix should be a good, safe mix and should sell well if you overproduce. If you want to feed the first cutting to your horses, I would let it cure in the barn for 30-60 days before feeding it, or let it cure in the field for a week if you cut during a dry spell. That will help take some of the "richness" out of the Alfalfa and make it safer for your horses.
         
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        07-16-2009, 09:34 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ScoutRacer    
    I'm seeing all these hay prices in the $5 range... we got our hay off the field for $1.50/small bail.... I'm wondering how can hay cost so much more in other parts of the country? Are there hay shortages in some regions of the country?
    It all depends on what it costs the farmer to cut it. Diesle prices are high this year, workers have to be paid, and you have to figure in land costs. Even if the land is paid for, you do have to pay taxes on it every year.

    For horse hay around here, small bales of bermuda or bermuda mixed with local grass run $3.50 to $5.00 a bale, or up to $7.50 for Tifton 44 bermuda. At the feed store, you'll pay $6.00-7.50 a bale for common bermuda. Most grass bales weigh 50-65lbs. Alfalfa is trucked in from out of state and runs $10-13 a small bale at feed stores, for compressed 50 lb bales.

    Round bales run from $20-35 each and weigh 600-800 lbs. I bought my first round bale a week ago for $25 and am trying it out. It averages to about $1.70 a bale when compared to square bales, so it's a pretty good savings. It is a SERIOUS PITA to work with though. I can't leave it in the field, or my horses will turn in to hippos, lol.
         
        07-16-2009, 09:54 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Yes, there are areas of the country with "hay shortages". Where I live... we are a hay deficit state, meaning we cannot grow enough hay to feed all the livestock within the state, and we have to import our hay. That's why a bale of alfalfa can run over $22.00 a bale.
         
        07-16-2009, 11:15 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I pay 15.00 for a 50 lb.compressed square bale of (100%)alfafia that I give to my older horse,I also feed them tifton 44 that I pay 65.00 for a round bale.

    Barrelracer up: I also go to larsens, you must live somewhat close in the area.
         
        07-17-2009, 04:53 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nldiaz66    
    I pay 15.00 for a 50 lb.compressed square bale of (100%)alfafia that I give to my older horse,I also feed them tifton 44 that I pay 65.00 for a round bale.

    Barrelracer up: I also go to larsens, you must live somewhat close in the area.
    I grew up in Lakeland and use to go to the Oxford Larsens for 1/4 and 1/2 blocks. Moved to SC and really miss Larsens.....course $$ is an issue now too.
         
        07-17-2009, 10:12 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Oh, yeah I know where Lakeland is, I'm north of it,We have a Larsens in Citrus co.
         
        07-17-2009, 10:33 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    We don't have storage for more than about 20 bales at a time right now (though my neighbor just recently offered part of his barn if I want to go ahead and pick up a ton or two this summer when prices are good), so I do pay a bit more than I would if I were able to by en-mass. As it stands, I pay $4.00 a bale for a nice timothy/orchard with a touch of alfalfa in it or $5.50 if I want straight alfalfa. It's a little higher because I am going through my feed guy vs. buying it direct, but it works for our situation right now.
    The other issue around here is that very few people do small square bales anymore - I would say 75% or more of those that grow hay choose to use large round bales. That means the small bales that are available are going up in price....gotta love supply and demand.
         
        07-17-2009, 10:39 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Square bales here over $8 a bale. Round bales are between $80-95 Alfalfa in the feed store $14 for small bales. I get mine from a lady who hauls it in for $10.25 My neighbor is having some shipped in for $8.25 a bale but I don't know where it is coking from or what quality it is so I passed.
         
        07-17-2009, 10:56 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ScoutRacer    
    I'm seeing all these hay prices in the $5 range... we got our hay off the field for $1.50/small bail.... I'm wondering how can hay cost so much more in other parts of the country? Are there hay shortages in some regions of the country?
    Even around here, the price of hay varies a lot depending on the type and quality. You can get 40-50 lbs square bales for as low as $3-$4, but top quality orchard grass will cost you about $8/bale.
         

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