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    07-22-2013, 07:52 PM
  #21
Green Broke
I am "paying"(hay is part of my pay for billing hay loads hauled) $100 for approx. 1000+ lb. Grass/alfalfa organic mix square bales. Not that I need organic but we haul organic alfalfa to the dairies in CA and some of the ranches that grow the dairy hay grow the horse hay. The guys have them put a couple of bales on the back trailer and drop them off at my house as needed.
Sometimes I have to get a few small bales(3 string, approx. 100lb.) from town to hold me over until a truck comes by. Alfalfa at Big R runs about $15.50/bale. I can get Sudan grass for $12.80 at the lumber store.
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    07-22-2013, 08:27 PM
  #22
Green Broke
It's interesting how much different places pay! Although it's hard to compare without knowing weight.

Here it is $13 - $16 for meadow or wheaten hay and $20 - $22 for lucerne (alfalfa). That's for about a 20 - 25kg bale (45-55lbs).

I wish it was cheap here like it is in other places of the world!
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    07-22-2013, 08:52 PM
  #23
Green Broke
$13.00 to 17.00 for 100-120 lb bale but they were baled without the right moisture as we were super dry.
Not enough dew. (alfalfa)
Some is going for 10.00 for oat hay further north of me, smaller bales for less of alfalfa
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    07-23-2013, 12:27 AM
  #24
Trained
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I am "paying"(hay is part of my pay for billing hay loads hauled) $100 for approx. 1000+ lb. Grass/alfalfa organic mix square bales. Not that I need organic but we haul organic alfalfa to the dairies in CA and some of the ranches that grow the dairy hay grow the horse hay. The guys have them put a couple of bales on the back trailer and drop them off at my house as needed.
Sometimes I have to get a few small bales(3 string, approx. 100lb.) from town to hold me over until a truck comes by. Alfalfa at Big R runs about $15.50/bale. I can get Sudan grass for $12.80 at the lumber store.
My super nice grass hay is from Smith Valley, south of you....I was wondering if we could make a deal when you guys come down/ up my way .....
     
    07-23-2013, 12:50 AM
  #25
Weanling
Wow, I feel pretty lucky. I just bought my grass hay for $2.75/bale. Granted, some of the bales are loose because the gentleman that bales it has an ancient baler, but it's alright hay. I was horrified to pay $10/square to have heavy bales of alfalfa/orchard grass mix trucked to me from Kentucky, but no one had hay here. Turns out that wasn't a bad price!
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    07-23-2013, 01:01 AM
  #26
Started
Just bought 40 small 50/60lbs bales of grass and some Timothy for 3.50. And am at a buck ten a ton for rounds of orchard.


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    07-23-2013, 11:39 AM
  #27
Trained
Currently, feed store price is 16.25 per ~90lb bale leafy alfalfa, 18.50 for grass, same weight. Growers are at about the same - no telling how that works. The only way to beat these prices is to lease/buy a field and grow your own or buy by the semi load. So, I pay the price and try to buy ahead for winter....and eat just eat oatmeal w no butter or sugar to help offset the costs.

I just have to say, all hay is not equal. I have had my horses back east, and what is considered high quality hay there cannot compare to alfalfa or select western grown grasses (nutrition and calorie wise). So, it takes a lot more of it if that is all the forage in their diet (i.e., not on pasture). Don't get me wrong, it is significantly cheaper to feed a horse there - but not quite as "less expensive" as just hay prices would predict.
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    07-23-2013, 09:38 PM
  #28
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
My super nice grass hay is from Smith Valley, south of you....I was wondering if we could make a deal when you guys come down/ up my way .....
Are you getting small or big bales? I might get hubby to swing by and pick you up some ;)
     
    07-23-2013, 09:43 PM
  #29
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Currently, feed store price is 16.25 per ~90lb bale leafy alfalfa, 18.50 for grass, same weight. Growers are at about the same - no telling how that works. The only way to beat these prices is to lease/buy a field and grow your own or buy by the semi load. So, I pay the price and try to buy ahead for winter....and eat just eat oatmeal w no butter or sugar to help offset the costs.

I just have to say, all hay is not equal. I have had my horses back east, and what is considered high quality hay there cannot compare to alfalfa or select western grown grasses (nutrition and calorie wise). So, it takes a lot more of it if that is all the forage in their diet (i.e., not on pasture). Don't get me wrong, it is significantly cheaper to feed a horse there - but not quite as "less expensive" as just hay prices would predict.
I agree, western states hay is very desirable with dairies and export market because of it's nutritional qualities.
     
    07-24-2013, 12:52 AM
  #30
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Are you getting small or big bales? I might get hubby to swing by and pick you up some ;)
3- string small. They're obviously selling their crop more or less completely to Hollister. Hubby managed to tickle that much out of the guy from the feedstore..
     

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