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    02-01-2012, 09:27 PM
  #21
Trained
The alfalfa around here is very very nice. That is about all you can get. On average the farmers get 3-4 cuttings a year.
     
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    02-01-2012, 10:34 PM
  #22
Started
Wow! Well. Okay, so I just got some bales of bales of grass hay that weighs #50 .. It is local stuff and not very nutritious at all, and we have to supplement with Alfalfa (I live on the coast). Cost $6.
     
    02-01-2012, 10:46 PM
  #23
Trained
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
The alfalfa around here is very very nice. That is about all you can get. On average the farmers get 3-4 cuttings a year.

Nice, like out on the west coast!

Alfalfa is not popular down here in Texas I am finding, you say alfalfa and they think blister beetles. I know a guy from the west coast that hauls it in and feeds it to his show horses and sells it. He is starting to convert some from thinking that alfalfa is going to kill their horses.
     
    02-01-2012, 11:44 PM
  #24
Trained
We usually get 3-4 cuttings a year here too. We paid $55 for a round bale around 1200 pounds. That's 2nd cutting Alfalfa.

Our 2nd cutting square bales we paid $3.00 for. They are about 75 pounds. The farmer wanted $3.50 but for some reason, he thought the bales got too dried out (not as green as he likes) and cut the price down for us. His hay is GORGEOUS! I don't know if the bales we got could get better then this but he's very picky about his hay. My mom and I were scratching our heads trying to figure out what he was thinking, LoL. Super nice guy too.
     
    02-02-2012, 09:50 AM
  #25
dee
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I think I'm going to move to where some of you guys live. A 700 pound round bale of grass hay (and some of it is more weeds than grass - one bale turned out to be almost 1/4 oak leaves!) is $120. A really decent orchard/bermuda/brome mix is $175 for a 1,000 bale...if you can get it. Unless you have the $$ to buy a full truckload of hay, you are pretty well goobered. My hay supplier guaranteed me that they would have enough hay set back for us, but their supplier raised his prices so much that they would have had to charge me $200 to make any profit at all. So we are scrounging for hay and thanking heaven it's been so warm this winter.

Daughter and her hubby are heading down to the pasture this morning to plant more winter rye - even though it's been fairly dry this year, what little we planted as a "test plot" has been doing very well, and has kept the horses happy...and helped stretch the hay, too!
     
    02-02-2012, 09:57 AM
  #26
Showing
Reading hay threads on here makes me very thankful that we have our own hay fields and put it up ourselves. Of course there is field & equipment maintenance but nowhere near the cost some of you are paying.

Round bales in my area are generally considered "cattle hay" as the quality is generally lacking, less care when they bale - wet or dry, they don't care. I saw one farmer baling in the rain after it had been raining for 4 days straight. I'd be very leery of buying rounds here. It is dirt cheap but really dicey. If I had a round baler, I'd do some for myself to save work but I don't, so small squares it is for me.
     
    02-02-2012, 10:04 AM
  #27
dee
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We usually grow our own, but due to the drought, our field, that normally produces more enough hay for the year in a single cutting, let alone the second cutting we normally get, only produced four bales, and since we get half, that was only two bales. Talk about a waste of gas! (But, we were hoping that by cutting it, it would be ready for the fall rain and we might get a late cutting. Sadly, the fall rains never came.)
     
    02-02-2012, 10:12 AM
  #28
Showing
That stinks Dee. Hope you guys have a better season this year!
     
    02-03-2012, 02:36 AM
  #29
Foal
I'm like Nrhareiner. Been using round bales for years. I also unroll it like toilet paper. I was finding dead snakes, implement parts and lots of dust. Then I found a new supplier and realized that I had forgotten what good hay looked like. I still unroll it by hand, rolling it back up into a smaller roll as I go, put it on a kids plastic toboggan, put a net over the whole thing and pull the toboggan out. I've had the same nets going for 6 years, no holes.
I also laced together 3 hockey nets for $60 and covered the whole round bale. It also takes my three a week or better to eat through a bale. I put it up on a plastic moulded skid (no nails) because if the bale is dry, it will literally suck the moisture up off the ground. I also put an old horse blanket over the bale, but under the net to keep it dry from above, as I also have no dry place to put it. I find the big bale offered does not regulate them like I'd hoped. They just sat there and ate, gained weight and pooped out the other end without moving. Doesn't encourage movement. 3 horses on a bale lasting a week is just about perfect in terms of rot setting in and using the nets saved me $400 last year, in what would have been waste. Here in Ontario, they cost me $29 each, delivered and loaded in my barn. When I realized that the tractor could do all the work for me, I bumpe a bigger door in my hayloft for it and never looked back! The big bale also worked like a charm last summer when I went away for a week and no horsey-type helpers to fill in. First bonafide vacation in 20 years and if it wasn't for the confidence that that large feeder provided, I never would have left.
     
    02-08-2012, 06:13 PM
  #30
Weanling
Around where I am, hay is extremely hard to find and in some cases impossible. All of my usual suppliers don't have enough for their own stock, much less any to sell. Most folks only got one cutting, if that because the drought. I still haven't found any, but my horses are on a 16 acres pasture and are fairing well without it. I am constantly calling hay suppliers from ads on the internet and local papers and they either don't call me back or are out. I know people that have spent $70/roll for small rolls only to find out that they were trash hay, and burnt them. I'm still looking, but I'm not sure I'm going to find any.
     

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