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  • Where to buy spoiled hay in san diego
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    04-20-2011, 02:17 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I would certainly take a semi load of those $3 bales if anyone feels like a road trip.
I'm sure I could find the hay for you, but don't know anyone with a semi. I've got a 1-ton & a car-hauler sized flat bed, but that wouldn't be enough to last your herd long.

I feel awful for all of you, it's been a long time since we've had a bad year.
     
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    04-20-2011, 05:41 PM
  #22
Green Broke
Hmmm no semi just a 2 horse! Hubby and I are thinking of moving to florida in the fall and I'm sure we'll be dealing with the same thing...this area we're so spoiled with hay so it's super cheap. My friend has a couple fields of it so she gets hers for free!
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    04-20-2011, 09:51 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by dee    
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!
We have 10. Our horses go through about 1 heavy round bale (about 700 lbs) per-horse per-month.
     
    04-20-2011, 11:05 PM
  #24
Green Broke
Dang, you guys count yourselves lucky! Alfalfa is running up to $16 a bale here currently (about 100 lb. Bales) and I have never even seen a round bale in-the-flesh. (They don't seem to bale hay like that here in Arizona?).

I think 100 lb. Bermuda bales are in the $13 range. It used to be that bermuda cost more than alfalfa, but now it's alfalfa that is the highest.

To add insult to injury, we don't have any sort of pasture. We are at the mercy of feeding baled hay year-round.

So those of you who have pasture and/or round bales, you are lucky ducks!
     
    04-20-2011, 11:10 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Well, our Alfalfa bales are only 65 lbs, so yours is cheaper per-pound . I grew up in San Diego, so I understand about hay out there. I saw my first round bale after moving out here to Arkansas.
     
    04-21-2011, 08:31 AM
  #26
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I won't tell the hay prices here you guys would chase me off LOL

I pay on average $30 for a 1200lbs round

And about $2 for grass 2string squares and about $4 for alfalfa squares
     
    04-21-2011, 08:52 AM
  #27
dee
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
We have 10. Our horses go through about 1 heavy round bale (about 700 lbs) per-horse per-month.
Whew! You scared me! You have three more horses, which, in the long run, would mean we'd need about 85 bales or so, and although our fields produce fairly well under normal conditions, we wouldn't get quite that much. Then I realized you feed 700 pound bales, and ours run 1,000 - 1,200. If I'm figuring correctly, we'd need about 60 - 65 bales. We got 45 last year, but it was the first time they'd been cut in years. We also only cut the back half once because we had to repair a ditch gap before we could get back there. Now they've been fertilized and overseeded, so we should get more. Maybe enough we won't have to buy any...I hope.
     
    04-21-2011, 10:28 AM
  #28
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by dee    
Whew! You scared me! You have three more horses, which, in the long run, would mean we'd need about 85 bales or so, and although our fields produce fairly well under normal conditions, we wouldn't get quite that much. Then I realized you feed 700 pound bales, and ours run 1,000 - 1,200. If I'm figuring correctly, we'd need about 60 - 65 bales. We got 45 last year, but it was the first time they'd been cut in years. We also only cut the back half once because we had to repair a ditch gap before we could get back there. Now they've been fertilized and overseeded, so we should get more. Maybe enough we won't have to buy any...I hope.
A lot of our farmers claim that their hay is 1,000 lbs, but if my daughter and I can roll it by hand, it's nowhere near 1,000 lbs, lol. I'm lucky if I can get 800 lb bales.

Free choice, 7 horses would go through about 5000-6000 lbs of hay a month, if they don't have any grazing. If you have decent pastures, you don't need to feed much, if any, hay during the summer. If they have even just minimal grazing, they'll eat less hay. Figure about 25-35 lbs a day of hay per-horse for highest consumption.
     
    04-21-2011, 11:36 AM
  #29
dee
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Hay sellers around here always claim their bales weigh more than they do. That's why we prefer to grow our own. Not necessarily the best quality since it's just prairie hay, but the horses do better on our hay than what we buy for some odd reason. Besides, I hate putting out a bale of their hay only to find it full of johnson grass, sticks and leaves. Some people will bale garbage if they think they can make a buck on it!

We probably under estimate how much our hay weighs. We have a very old ford tractor that can barely lift them under the best conditions. Sometimes, all we can do is put the tractor in reverse and push the bales into the pens. Pulling the twine off of the biggest ones is a real chore, because it takes at least two big strong men to roll the bale off the twine if it hangs up on the bottom and we can't pull it through.
     
    04-21-2011, 11:38 AM
  #30
Weanling
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Squares are up to $7.00 each for good bermuda, $7.50 from the feed store when they have it.
LOL, IF ONLY! Ha ha, you are all so spoiled. JK. But seriously, I just paid $16.50/ bale day before yesterday. This HAS to stop!!!
     

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