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post #1 of 10 Old 01-22-2012, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome Hay Score!

This week, the hay gods had decided to smile upon me. Hay is crazy expensive right now. The closest feed store to me sells a round bale for $165.00! As I was driving past the feed store few days ago, I saw in the median of the highway what appeared to be an exploded bale of hay! Oh, yeah. Not passing that up! It was beautiful, sweet smelling coastal. Called a friend to help me load the truck up. 3 truck loads later, tired but elated, she called that feed store to find out if they knew what the situation had been with that hay. A customer had come in to purchase 2 round bales and insisted that she tie them down herself. She gunned her truck as she got onto the highway, losing both round bales. None of the netting remained on these bales so we figure that the inside of the round bales popped out. Leaving the outermost part of the hay and the netting still tied down in her truck.
And then on my way home from work today, guess what I see on another roadway to home? Yep. Another round bale! I could not believe it! It had rolled onto someone's property and so I spoke to him about picking it up. He told me to have at it. A truck had come around the turn too fast and that round bale popped off, too!
I feel bad for the people that lost their hay, honestly. But if it was me that lost them, I'd be sitting my rear right there until help arrived!
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-22-2012, 02:36 AM
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I remember getting a load of square bales once & when I got home 1 was missing. Never heard or saw a thing, but figured out 1 popped off at a light somehow. The other 19 made it! Gotta love the "road finds".
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-22-2012, 04:46 AM
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$165 for a round bale, really? Have you checked the local farmers? Where are you from?
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-22-2012, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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I don't know of any local farmers that grow and sell hay. We have a buddy that drives all over the country looking just for hay and he can't find any coastal, anywhere. Any coastal he does come across, someone already has dibs on it. I live in central Texas.
Oh, and the place that the round bales are $165; that's the high end out of the 3 feed stores that are nearby. We personally don't shop there because everything there is over priced.
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This week, the hay gods had decided to smile upon me. Hay is crazy expensive right now. The closest feed store to me sells a round bale for $165.00! As I was driving past the feed store few days ago, I saw in the median of the highway what appeared to be an exploded bale of hay! Oh, yeah. Not passing that up! It was beautiful, sweet smelling coastal. Called a friend to help me load the truck up. 3 truck loads later, tired but elated, she called that feed store to find out if they knew what the situation had been with that hay. A customer had come in to purchase 2 round bales and insisted that she tie them down herself. She gunned her truck as she got onto the highway, losing both round bales. None of the netting remained on these bales so we figure that the inside of the round bales popped out. Leaving the outermost part of the hay and the netting still tied down in her truck.
And then on my way home from work today, guess what I see on another roadway to home? Yep. Another round bale! I could not believe it! It had rolled onto someone's property and so I spoke to him about picking it up. He told me to have at it. A truck had come around the turn too fast and that round bale popped off, too!
I feel bad for the people that lost their hay, honestly. But if it was me that lost them, I'd be sitting my rear right there until help arrived!
what a good score hope your horses are happy

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post #6 of 10 Old 01-22-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Horses are happy...I am happy. It couldn't have come at a better time. I got paid Friday and was broke almost as soon as my check was deposited. Darn bills.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-22-2012, 03:55 PM
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Great find, girl! Prices down here are so rediculous because of the drought that no one just leaves a bale if they realize that it has fallen off. Its just too much money to throw out! Atm, hay is at $200-$210 per bale of 2/3 timothy, 1/3 alfalfa hay. Pretty insane when you have 52 horses!

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post #8 of 10 Old 01-24-2012, 07:48 PM
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No self-respecting horseperson can pass up roadkill hay. I probably have scored a couple of ton through the years.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-24-2012, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hahaha!! Roadkill Hay! Love it!
A friend of mine saw us loading up the first hay find and at the time, did not realize that it was me out there. When I ran into him later and told him what we had done, he said,"I saw you two out there. I was wondering what the heck those two crazy ladies were doing!" We didn't care! We were loading that hay in a rabid frenzy! Trying to get as much in each load before someone else got the same idea.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-24-2012, 08:59 PM
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We did the same thing, but with vegetables. We'd follow a veggie truck in the UK and potatoes and carrots and turnips and everything would fall out on turns and bumps. We called it "road kill stew."

Hope your horses enjoy their hay!
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