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        04-21-2011, 12:39 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
    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!
    Feelin' your pain, THR....I'm right there with ya. :'(
         
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        04-21-2011, 12:51 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    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.
    I'm in Arizona, not too far from you, and we ran out of alfalfa here too. I had to switch to grass and my horses don't like it at all, and they certainly don't look as good. When alfalfa did finally come in it was $15 a bale, ouch.
         
        04-21-2011, 03:17 PM
      #33
    Foal
    OP here.....Sort of a funny aside to this topic:

    I mentioned in a previous post that our feed co-op had run out of Coastal hay, so I had to buy one alfalfa to get me through. Well dang but if my horse didn't LUV that stuff!!....cleaned up every last stem and leaf at every feeding. So the feed co-op got more Coastal in and I picked up a supply. By now the alfalfa is gone, so last night he's back to the usual. If a horse can turn up its nose at a food, he did!!.....lol! As of this morning, he still had hardly touched the stuff! Oh well, sorry pal, you can't have Fillet Mignon every day!

    ETA: and just to be clear, there's nothing wrong with the new hay -- clean, soft and sweet.
         
        04-21-2011, 09:55 PM
      #34
    Showing
    LOL, yep, I have had the same problem with them getting snooty about how "this isn't alfalfa". They'll eat when they get hungry though.
         
        04-21-2011, 10:57 PM
      #35
    Showing
    You can stretch your hay if you can get oat straw. I wouldn't feed any more than 1 flake per horse. Horses need a lot of roughage and this fills the bill. It can help get thro the tough times. I've used the hay cubes in a pinch only because they are pricey where I live.
         
        04-23-2011, 12:42 AM
      #36
    Weanling
    Ha you guys that complain about alfalfa hay being 13 to 15$$ a bale LOL ***shaking her head*** it's 25. A bale here in southern Mississippi. :) yep and it doesn't look that good IMO. We NEVER get 2nd or 3rd cut alfalfa like I used to pick up in the fields for .75 cents a bale as a kid.....(and 25. A bale is NORMAL price it might be more now) my grass starts coming in in early march so I haven't bought hay since this last November.
    We are in the Middle of a TERRIBLE drought. I have Bahaia seed to overseed part of my pastures that are currently in natives but without some rain soon theres really no point. The grass has stopped growing... I'm really concerned. We have had MANY chances for rain but it has not rained here in about a month!
    I'm using all my water from the well just to keep horses and cows watered and to water the garden. I have everything mulched deeply and that helps but the garden still needs water about every other day.....and animals are drinking a lot casue everythings SO dry and hot.......
    Do you all think global warming is causing this or is it just natural weather patterns?
         
        04-23-2011, 10:48 AM
      #37
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WildAcreFarms    
    Ha you guys that complain about alfalfa hay being 13 to 15$$ a bale LOL ***shaking her head*** it's 25. A bale here in southern Mississippi. :) yep and it doesn't look that good IMO. We NEVER get 2nd or 3rd cut alfalfa like I used to pick up in the fields for .75 cents a bale as a kid.....(and 25. A bale is NORMAL price it might be more now) my grass starts coming in in early march so I haven't bought hay since this last November.
    We are in the Middle of a TERRIBLE drought. I have Bahaia seed to overseed part of my pastures that are currently in natives but without some rain soon theres really no point. The grass has stopped growing... I'm really concerned. We have had MANY chances for rain but it has not rained here in about a month!
    I'm using all my water from the well just to keep horses and cows watered and to water the garden. I have everything mulched deeply and that helps but the garden still needs water about every other day.....and animals are drinking a lot casue everythings SO dry and hot.......
    Do you all think global warming is causing this or is it just natural weather patterns?
    Hasn't rained here since last June!!! Not measurable rain anyway....just a quick shower with the odd passing thunder-storm, but most of those pass well north of us.
         
        04-23-2011, 01:36 PM
      #38
    Weanling
    HOLEY CRAP!! BuddyTheElf you have my sympathy! Seriously how do you all make it with NO rain??? Where does your water supply come from? I see your in Texas WOW I had no idea that Texas was in such a severe drought. I'm really sorry. Depending on where you are in Texas you probably can't grow alfalfa either, even in the best of times. My family survived the Oklahoma dust bowl and those stories are a part of my collective family heritage. I remember my great grandmother telling those stories when we were kids. We grew up on the farm. To hear Ma and Poppie (that was what we called our great grandma and grandpa) tell about the black blizzards and how it didn't rain for years and years on end....... ( I want to say 7 years with no real rain not positrive on the # of years but it was a LOT) its really an eye opener! And as everyone now knows that was mostly man made, that drought brought on by removing all the vegetation of the native grass prairie fore farming. Then with no plants to do what they do .... no rainfall . I hope that's not what we are facing now!
         
        04-23-2011, 02:31 PM
      #39
    Foal
    We're on a well and it's fairly deep. So far no issues, although I'm careful with my use. I don't know where the in-town water supply is (I assume some reservoir?) but I haven't heard of any real issues so far and let's hope none come up. No water is a scary prospect. All of TX is in a drought to some degree, but I'm almost smack in the middle where, when you see a drought map, it's dark red and in "exceptional" drought (the worst....). Alfalfa doesn't grow here even in good times....As far as I know it's all trucked in from NM or OK (and I'm surprised it isn't costing more due to the increased fuel cost!). Anyway, yes, it's BAD here.
         
        04-23-2011, 02:45 PM
      #40
    dee
    Started
    We've also been experiencing what's been called the worst drought since the Dust Bowl days here in Oklahoma. We got a couple of inches of rain last night (fortunately the tornadoes that accompanied many of the storms skipped us). More predicted today and tomorrow. But it's the first significant rain we've had since before Thanksgiving.

    I'm afraid to go down and look at the pond. It's spring fed, so the water isn't stagnant like most of the ponds around here, but I've never seen it this low before.
         

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