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    06-03-2009, 11:18 PM
How Much Does Your Feed/Hay Cost$$$

Just curious.

I live in a hay deficit state, meaning we truck in a lot of hay as we don't grow enough (and our Coastal hay is really sucky too).

I paid $17.95 for One bale of timothy hay today at the feed store. Very nice looking hay.

I've found Timothy/alfalfa mix for $11.00 from a local woman, but the feed store sells it for $22.00 a bale.

I've been able to get a blend of orchard grass/timothy for $9.00.

Our yucky coastal bermuda hay runs anywhere from $6.95 to 8.00 per bale.

I also use the Alfalfa Cubes, which I soak in water. I paid $18.00 for a bag of them (and that lasts me a long time.)

I am feeding Nutrena Vitality 10%. I pay $16.50 for a 50 pound bag.

And just for grins and giggles, I pay $5.00 for a big bag of pine shavings (I use 3 bags per stall, about every two to three weeks).
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    06-03-2009, 11:23 PM
I pay $3 for a bale of very nice looking Prairie hay. My horses love it, it keeps them fat and shiny.

$13 and some cents for a bag of Purina. I go through about 2-3 per week. Right now, I'm managing to feed only two.

Or, I can pay $1.75 at the auction for crapper grass hay which is being eaten at the moment. It's really mostly played with. They like to pull it out and toss it around. It gets munched eventually though.
The guy with the nice hay is out...all he has it mixed. As soon as I'm done with the grass, I'm going to buy ONLY the guys hay. Mixed or prairie, I don't care. No more of this horrid grass stuff!

I payed about $17 for a bag of beet pulp. Between $5-$7 for a bag of whole oats. I'm not feeding either, just making horse treats 8D
    06-03-2009, 11:25 PM
Okay, I want to live where you live. $3 for a bale of hay... I haven't seen those prices since (and I'm not kidding) 1987 when we first moved here!!!
    06-03-2009, 11:34 PM
We pay between 8-15 dollars for lucerne hay at the moment, but it can bet up to $25 in feed stores.

$25 for a bag of Vitality plus, was $14 a bag when we started buying is about 6 years ago.
    06-03-2009, 11:43 PM
Is that for a 50lb bag of the feed?
    06-03-2009, 11:45 PM
In my area right now

Good quality alfalfa will be about $185 a ton (large square bales)

Good grass hay will be about $90 a ton (large round bales)

Crappy grass hay will run around $65 a ton (that is mainly for cattle though, I wouldn't feed it to my horse). (large round bales)

I gauge by the ton because we don't buy the small bales anymore. They are nearly impossible to find and when you do, they are about $12 bucks a bale and average about 75 lbs. Sorry but a 2100 lb big bale for $190 is much cheaper. Plus the flakes come off just as easy as they do on the smaller bales so we can still separate them if we need to.
    06-03-2009, 11:45 PM
$25 for a large round bale 3$ for small squares if I get them from my uncle 45 at the feed store.
Feed I pay $8.50 per 50lb for a mix of grain/kibble and 9$ for 50lb alfalfa pellets
    06-03-2009, 11:56 PM
Uh... The bag comes up to my waist, and weighs about 20/30kg. I don't think in lbs, sorry!
    06-04-2009, 12:08 AM
Question for those feeding the big round bales, does it spoil?

I have a lot of problems with my hay getting mildew in it (from our humidity). That's why I get the small bales, and I only get a few at a time or they will mildew.
    06-04-2009, 12:11 AM
Can you keep them in a shed or similar indoor environment?

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