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post #11 of 61 Old 04-20-2011, 09:24 AM
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Alflafa is $12 here, but not many people buy it, so it's scarce. I paid $42 a roll delivered for 4x4 rolls, so I was happy to get the 4x5's for $45 delivered. They're tightly net wrapped, so very heavy too. The 4x4's were string wrapped and not that heavy... My 9 horses and a pony ate through 4 of those in barely a week! I hear the feed store is going up to $8 a bale on their next load. I am so glad I found rounds!
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post #12 of 61 Old 04-20-2011, 09:35 AM
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Ouch....reading those hay prices! Makes me very, very thankful we have wonderful hay fields & bale our own. We had an excess of our tim/orchard last year (so did everyone around here) I sold it for $3 a square bale. Wish I still had it, I'd send you guys a truck load :(

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post #13 of 61 Old 04-20-2011, 12:30 PM
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Ouch....reading those hay prices! Makes me very, very thankful we have wonderful hay fields & bale our own. We had an excess of our tim/orchard last year (so did everyone around here) I sold it for $3 a square bale. Wish I still had it, I'd send you guys a truck load :(
During regular cutting season I was buying nice Bahai squares (about 50-55 lbs) for $4 delivered, $3 out of the barn. High quality Bermuda squares (60-70 lbs) normally goes for $4.25-5.00 out of the barn normally, $6.50 at the feed store. I got some coarse mixed grass for $3 delivered, but won't be buying that again... It was some nasty hay! The horses ate it fine, but I had to feed 30-50% more than usual to keep their weight up, and they all got hay bellies... The bales were heavy, but had lots of "straw" and weeds in it. The goats really loved it, lol.

But, the hay producers didn't get as many cuttings this year, so everyone ran out! What hay is left is being sold high. I don't blame them for wanting more $ for the hay, but it sucks for those of us that ran out a lot sooner than we though... I plan on pre-purchasing hay this year and having my guys store it for me. I'll need about 100-120 round bales for 12 months. Wow, I really don't need any more horses, lol.
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post #14 of 61 Old 04-20-2011, 12:36 PM
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Ouch....reading those hay prices! Makes me very, very thankful we have wonderful hay fields & bale our own. We had an excess of our tim/orchard last year (so did everyone around here) I sold it for $3 a square bale. Wish I still had it, I'd send you guys a truck load :(
oh gosh I second that, $3 a bale here in OH!! Ok that's it...crappy weather up here anyway...anyone up for a road trip to Texas with some $3 bales?? ;)

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post #15 of 61 Old 04-20-2011, 12:44 PM
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We're all getting worried about our hay situations. Fortunately for those of us in Oklahoma, we have fairly good chances of getting some decent rain over the next few days. Hope we get enough to break this dang drought. I'm really glad we feed prairie hay - the native grasses that make up the bulk of it are pretty drought tolerant, and even a little dab of rain can make for a fairly decent cutting. Hopefully, we'll get enough hay for the next year out of our own fields and not have to buy more before the winter is over and the grass comes on next spring. We've got a very few round bales left - but it looks like we may fall about a month short, unless the rains bring on more grass. If not, daughter and hubby will have to bite the bullet and buy more hay in a couple of weeks.

We really need to downsize our herd, but daughter and her hubby don't have the heart to choose which ones have to go, and our situation isn't bad enough for me to force the issue...yet. Here's to hoping it doesn't get that bad!

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If I had extra I'd go hoofprints! We got that storm last night too, hope it mellowed before you guys got it! We had 80 mph straight line winds and hail, no actual tornado touchdowns though, thank goodness! A few trees down in the woods and a few pieces of sheet metal to replace on the hay barn roof & at least 10 acres of our pasture is under water. I'm totally game for a road trip to hot & dry!

Hope you find some good hay at a reasonable price luvs2ride! I will wish our forecast your way...9 of the next 10 days have rain of some degree in them.
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Luvs, how many horses do you have? I'm trying to figure out how much hay I'll need for the year for my seven - and hoping/praying daughter and her hubby don't "rescue" anymore!

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Luvs, it does suck when you have a pretty large herd, I feel your pain.

Our herd of 15 goes through 2 large round bales about every 4 days. We've been feeding decent quality grass since alfalfa is impossible to find. To add insult to injury, I just found out yesterday that our supplier (who we've been using for about 10 years) is no longer going to stock alfalfa . Now, I have to find a new supplier that I can afford *sigh*.

I would certainly take a semi load of those $3 bales if anyone feels like a road trip.

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post #19 of 61 Old 04-20-2011, 01:50 PM
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Well if the snow ever stops we might actually have a chance for the grass to grow here. :roll:

BIL cuts and bales 800-1000 lb bales for us of alfalfa/brome grass. We pay $20 per bale and they are delivered for free to our place.
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post #20 of 61 Old 04-20-2011, 01:59 PM
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oh gosh I second that, $3 a bale here in OH!! Ok that's it...crappy weather up here anyway...anyone up for a road trip to Texas with some $3 bales?? ;)
lol actualy when I went up to MI last fall I brought back a bunch of hay. I was shocked at the prices! When my wife (from MI) moved down here (to NC) SHE was shocked at our prices too, and not in a good way!
We had such a bad shortage a year or two ago that the government had to import hay from other states for farmers. I'm hoping to avoid that this year :/
When we can't feed as much hay we move to a complete feed and add hay pellets/beet pulp. The problem I find with this, though, is that my mare gets super super bored.
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