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.