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    07-24-2013, 09:05 PM
  #31
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Cow chick.. do you feed the sudan to horses ? That's cow feed here. Sudan is not good for equines.
     
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    07-24-2013, 09:07 PM
  #32
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DHW I saw some oat hay on CL in the Tulare area and some in Modesto ? For 10 a bale 3 string said they were 120 lb bales.. Use the search tempest .
     
    07-24-2013, 09:28 PM
  #33
Green Broke
Going price here this year is $3, but the size, weight, quality of hay and quality of baling vary greatly! I just bought from two different places, both at $3. The larger heavier bales had beaver grass in them and were baled damp :( So, I went elsewhere and got bales about 15% smaller for the same price, but dry, leafy, really nice quality.
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    07-24-2013, 09:38 PM
  #34
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Orchard grass 3 stringers go for $28, bermuda is around $22 and alfalfa around $20....:(
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    07-24-2013, 10:07 PM
  #35
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Originally Posted by stevenson    
cow chick.. do you feed the sudan to horses ? That's cow feed here. Sudan is not good for equines.
I do feed Sudan grass hay on occasion. I have never had a problem with it. I always understood that Sudan hay was okay to feed but the Sudan grass out in pasture can cause problems.
     
    07-25-2013, 12:38 AM
  #36
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Originally Posted by stevenson    
DHW I saw some oat hay on CL in the Tulare area and some in Modesto ? For 10 a bale 3 string said they were 120 lb bales.. Use the search tempest .
I know, oathay and forage/ 3 way is cheap and all over the place. Can't feed it but to one horse, too high in sugars.
We even have an abundance of alfalfa this year. Depending on how many bales( usually 20+) it's between 11 and 13$
     
    07-25-2013, 12:39 AM
  #37
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Originally Posted by oldhorselady    
orchard grass 3 stringers go for $28, bermuda is around $22 and alfalfa around $20....:(
ouch!!!!!!
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    07-28-2013, 11:27 PM
  #38
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100 lb bales- grass is $24, Alfalfa or Alfalfa/grass is $22. Risen $2 in 4 years- not much rise but, it is expensive! To wet for hay to be grown here, at least if you are lucky you can get non nutritional stuff that doesn't have more than a half a dozen handfuls of moldy stuff in each bale for $7, 60 pound bales. My friend moved away a few years ago, and they just moved to a place about 4 hours from me and they are going to bring hay down once a month to sell locally for $11 for 60 pound bales, so I will be getting that stuff. Luckily I have enough pasture to sustain my horses 24/7 for about 3 months of the year, and half day for another 4 months or so. Whenever I go anywhere I come back with a truck load of hay! I can only store a ton in my barn though. I tend to supplement the local not-so-great hay as busy hay during the day when the pastures aren't growing and are really wet.
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    07-29-2013, 01:27 AM
  #39
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We pay $16 for small bales of crappy hay with large sticks in it... I wish I could pay $3 for good hay!!
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    07-30-2013, 05:31 PM
  #40
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Hay Prices

I pay nothing as I'm a hay grower for years and more recently a horse owner. I sell my excess hay for $5 per bale for alfalfa or Teff and $4 for pasture grass which is mostly fescue. My bales are 36" long and average 50# or a little more. I'd like to think I'm offered a good deal in price, quality, and quantity. Anything that isn't horse quality is fed to my beef cattle. For the last several years grain prices have been high with corn in the $7-8 per bushel range. On an irrigated acre I can grow 200 bushels of corn or 200 bales of hay. Corn cost more to grow but hay requires more labor so it's kind of a wash. In my mind hay should be the same price as corn but the hay market hasn't kept up and those people who still have their horses can't afford it. We've also had drought the last couple of years and excess rain this year which decreased hay supplies. I've cut back on hay acreage due to economics and the weather challenges. I still grow some hay because I have my own horses, have beef cattle, and like my long standing hay customers. I'm only supplying my existing customers and am not taking new customers. Grain prices are trending downward so that may be affected in the price or quantity of hay available in the future. If the economics of hay improve in the future I may increase my hay production but not yet. Like it or not we have inflation and the things I buy and the things I sell just cost more now. My point of this is find a hay grower/supplier you can work with and stick with them. The best way to get removed from my customer list is to buy someone else's bargain hay in the summer and expect me to sell you hay in the winter.
     

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