Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters
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.