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post #21 of 38 Old 08-05-2012, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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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.
where did you find winter seed? I would love to try some.
@ 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 :(

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post #22 of 38 Old 08-05-2012, 09:30 PM
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.......@ 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 :(
Yes it is and that is why I'm cautious to dole it out in small amounts when I do have to use it, and am very mindful of the totals used and how it was spread out in a day.
Thankfully my horse and donkeys are very easy keepers and it takes very little to stretch the hay. My bad for not including a caution in my first post and thanks for bringing it up.

Yeah, I about fell over the last time I went to the feed store for my weekly purchase. It is slamming other feeds every bit as hard, if not harder, than horse feeds...
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we learned last year to ration our hay. We no longer roll a round bale out for 2 horses as they can go through it in a week and waste a lot of it. We unroll a portion twice a day and that is all they get. We are in the process of researching slow hay feeders and will be building one in the next few weeks. We will also add some alfalfa cubes to their daily feed once winter gets here. Our horses lost a little weight last winter but not much.
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we learned last year to ration our hay. We no longer roll a round bale out for 2 horses as they can go through it in a week and waste a lot of it. We unroll a portion twice a day and that is all they get. We are in the process of researching slow hay feeders and will be building one in the next few weeks. We will also add some alfalfa cubes to their daily feed once winter gets here. Our horses lost a little weight last winter but not much.
I have friends who unroll a round bale..they said it works great to prevent waste I haven't seen anyone use a slow feeder..please let me know what you find out!
My horses have never lost weight in the winter but I have always increased their hay as soon as the temp drops below 40degrees...not gonna have the liberty to do that this year so everyone is getting blanketed when it starts freezing

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where did you find winter seed? I would love to try some.
@ 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 :(
We got ours at the feed store. It was just plain old annual rye, which is a winter staple around here.

Daughter picked up some beet pulp at TSC this weekend. She thought she got a great deal, since it was only $13/bag...until we noticed it was only 25 pound bags. Golly gosh, even the old reliable hay alternative has skyrocketed!
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I count my flakes. I also rebuilt my shelter manger last November and there is very little waste. It's 18 ft. x 2 ft x 18" deep (from the rim) and holds about 2 bales. My horses are in good flesh, btw, and I always sweep up and feed any hay that drops from the flakes.
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can you feed only alfalfa timothy cubes and not worry about the hay?
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I'm really stressing here, too. I have enough in the loft for January and February (roughly 120 bales), and enough on the ground and in three different trailers for September and October. I have yet to find anything for November, December, or the months in the spring before hay is cut.

The same hay that was sold for $3-3.50 last year is $10 this year, and that's if you can find it. Our farmers only got one cutting from the same fields they usually get two or three from. We're considering round bales, but my horses tear through those in no time and we have no room to store them. A very real possibility is traveling to one of our border states to bring it back on a flatbed, but most of the states around us were in drought for the growing season, too.

Of course, as I type this it's pouring rain outside, and has been for the past week. Too bad it couldn't have been like this in July!
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post #30 of 38 Old 09-03-2012, 07:28 PM
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alfalfa cubes

Can you feel only alfalfa cubes and no hay?
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