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    02-01-2012, 11:47 AM
Hehehe. Well I know cost of hay here is rising due to farmers hauling it all down south. I'm luck my BIL does ours.
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    02-01-2012, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
Lol Hay is hard to find here. Thank God stepmom's dad grows it or we'd be in some trouble.
    02-01-2012, 12:15 PM
I have a weird way of feeding. I feed round bales. I have 4 tons of hay inside my leanto. I have 2 big trash cans that I go fill up with grass and alfalfa. Then I wheel them over and keep them in the barn, feeding the horses from that. I can't open feed because of one of my horses so that's what I do.
    02-01-2012, 01:15 PM
Green Broke
I have found a WONDERFUL old farmer to get our hay from this year. Our girls absolutely love his hay (a nice orchard grass hay).
Once I brought Yahzi home, I decided to give one of his rounds a whirl and I don't think we'll ever go back. $35 for bales that are between 1000 and 1250. They ate EVERY LAST PIECE of their first one and we are picking up a new one this week (feeding squares in the meantime - they went through the last bit unexpectedly fast due to a small cold snap we had when they went on an eating binge). I was concerned about waste, but that was not an issue with our girls - they are too greedy to let hay go to waste.
    02-01-2012, 07:33 PM
Originally Posted by NdAppy    

I pay $20 for a 1000 lb grass/alfalfa mixed bale...

Alfalfa squares, last time I bought/fed them cost me $2 a 100 lbs bale.

I have five horses on rounds (three full sized and two ponies) and the rounds last me about a week. When it is super cold out the bales go faster...
Scratch that.. I am moving to North Dakota Where I am, its $20 for a 100 pound bale of grass hay!!

Thanks for the advice guys!
    02-01-2012, 07:41 PM
Originally Posted by NdAppy    

I pay $20 for a 1000 lb grass/alfalfa mixed bale...

Alfalfa squares, last time I bought/fed them cost me $2 a 100 lbs bale.

Seriously!?! Lol...around here a 100lb. Bale of alfalfa is $20+ on average and a 100lb. Bale of grass/alfalfa is about $15-$18. I need to move to wherever you are!
    02-01-2012, 07:48 PM
A lot of my prices boil down to who you know/who your are friends with.

Like I said, prices are rising here. Farmers were/are hauling hay out of state as they are still making more money from it after shipping costs than they do here.
    02-01-2012, 07:53 PM
I am paying $75 for a round bale for Bahia...Coastal is considerably more, still a decent price for this part of Texas right now....I keep trying to get husband to haul a truck load home from ND but he don't want to deal with it, don't blame him

As far feeding round bales never had a problem with mold, the outside is bleached from the weather from sitting outside in a stack yard, but they clean it up. I have always fed big bales, whether I fed with a tractor with a bale spinner or free feed in a feeder. I also have used the half ton square bales and pitched it.

If you ever had feed a few hundred cows with small bales begin to despise them...I might be slightly biased.
    02-01-2012, 08:08 PM
I pay between $10-$15 for a 700lbs role of Alfalfa hay and between $2-$3.50 for a small bale of Alfalfa hay which range from 50-65lbs. Give or take.
    02-01-2012, 08:18 PM
Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
I pay between $10-$15 for a 700lbs role of Alfalfa hay and between $2-$3.50 for a small bale of Alfalfa hay which range from 50-65lbs. Give or take.

Geez! I just asked about getting a load of Alfalfa, half ton square bales, $200 a bale! Granted it was beautiful Alfalfa....but I wasn't going to pay that much.

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