Personally, I fear that this winter will be far worse than last winter was as far as hay prices go. Last winter, hay was available from northern states and from Arkansas that had not had a drought - hay was plentiful in those regions last year. This year, the drought is more widespread, and areas that had plenty of hay last year don't have nearly as much this year.
Scary thought, huh?
Hopefully, we will get some rain this winter. Last fall, we planted some winter wheat and winter rye in the pasture as an experiment. It was just in a very small area, as we hadn't cleared out much. It came on like crazy, and we were able to stretch our hay out by letting the horses graze on it for a few hours every few days.
This fall, we will plant a MUCH larger area in hopes that we get some rain during the winter. Hopefully, that will let us get through the winter on what hay may be available.
@ Lockwood & Corporal...great caution in feeding clippings from mowing..it is a high risk for founder
Ugh..I've been so focused on stocking hay didn't think about grain taking a price hit...went up $3/50lbs over night :(