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    12-17-2013, 11:38 PM
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For me, round bales are hugely cheaper. I buy one round bale for $50 and I put it on it's side inside the barn. I peel the layers like an onion and feed twice a day off it. It will last me a month for 5 horses...
     
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    12-17-2013, 11:59 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
For me, round bales are hugely cheaper. I buy one round bale for $50 and I put it on it's side inside the barn. I peel the layers like an onion and feed twice a day off it. It will last me a month for 5 horses...
How big are these bales??? Mine are @ 1500 lbs and last 2 weeks for 2 horses! I peel off the layers and hand feed 2x a day too.
     
    12-18-2013, 12:43 AM
  #13
Yearling
Our tractor does all the work with our round bales, we have to do all the work with square bales. When you get older and your body no longer works like you think it should you will understand this. LOL

We do still put a couple hundred square bales in the barn every year. The mini's don't get round bales and we need the squares for when we go camping/riding. However, if we fed squares to all 12 horses that would be a heck of a lot of bales to put in the loft every year.
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    12-18-2013, 12:43 AM
  #14
Weanling
Wow I wish my bales lasted a month long.... my 10 horses go thru a 4x5 round bale every 2-3 days and market value of round bales in my area bales are $75-200 depending on quality and the seller...

The bales I have weigh about 800-900 lbs so and I've averaged my horses weight and intake ratio and the bales should last every 4 days but with the cold weather they are eating more. I am very fortunate that I have a trustworthy hay supply that I get thru work, thus making it affordable vs buying from another supplier. Also my horses are bedded with corn fodder and they munch on that while in the barn if they really want too- sometimes they find some corn on the cob as a treat ;)

Plus since I have access to a skid steer from work I can easily maneuver bales where ever I want to feed them, usually I break the bale up in the red wagon feeder I have and put the core in the smaller green standing feeder.

I use round bales mostly out of convenience but I know that my horses attitudes are much much better if they are able to eat all the time rather than get fed only twice a day... they think they are starving if they aren't munching on hay and therefore get distracted easily or grouchy even... even though they are fatties and still get the daily amount they need. With multiple horses, for me, round bales are the way to go.
     
    12-18-2013, 01:50 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Round bales are more convenient and cost effective. We go through about 13 round each month for 15 horses and a mule.

We used to feed small square bales. During the summer, 1 small square would be enough for 2 horses each day. During the winter, each horse would eat about 2/3 bale each. Averaging monthly cost over the year, about 700 for rounds compared to 1100 for squares, there's a big difference. Not to mention the extra time feeding daily with the squares compared to every 5 days with round bales. Also it takes less time and effort unloading round bales.

The benefits of using squares are that they are easier to move without equipment and they are less likely to have mold since they can be stored inside easier. Round bales are very bad for horses with respiratory issues like heaves.
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    12-18-2013, 10:33 AM
  #16
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Originally Posted by LadyChevalier    
Wow I wish my bales lasted a month long.... my 10 horses go thru a 4x5 round bale every 2-3 days and market value of round bales in my area bales are $75-200 depending on quality and the seller...
That sounds a little pricey for Wisconsin when it comes to round hay bales! Especially since there was a great hay crop this year. My cousin in Wisconsin (Western half of the state) is paying 30$ for a round bale of quality timothy hay. They're not smaller than yours, either.

Hay is about $25 where I am for a dry, mold free round bale of grass hay. It was an excellent year for hay in the UP, too. They are 1500 lb bales.
     
    12-18-2013, 11:37 AM
  #17
Weanling
I have 6 horses right now and we give them a new round bale every 4th day. It makes it so much easier and cheaper, storage is simple as they are wrapped! I can not imagine going and feeding my horses like 3 or 4 times a day... became wayyy to lazy thanks to round bales and tractor :0)
     
    12-18-2013, 12:05 PM
  #18
Foal
For me, round bales are cheaper - saves me about $700 per horse per year. Also much less work - putting in a new bale once every 2 weeks instead of filling hay racks twice a day. Not to mention I don't have to stack square bales in the 100 degree loft while hunched over because it's too short to be able to stand in. I don't miss that! I keep my round bale inside the run in so I don't have to worry about rain.

My horses are more content with 24/7 access to forage, and it's better for their guts, too. Horses evolved as grazing animals so their gut is best suited to be eating small meals throughout the day. They don't do well without something to munch on. When I fed flakes from squares, my horses would suck it down within 4 hours, then spend the next 8 hours hungry/whinnying/eating my fence. Slow feed hay nets didn't slow them down enough. However 24/7 access to hay fixed the problem, and I noticed a significant difference in their attitudes. Yes, they do eat more since they are unrestricted - so I buy lower quality hay. Not moldy or weedy, just more mature, less leafy. My easy keeper does great on free choice mature hay and a forage balancer pellet. I supplement my hard keeper's forage ration with a few flakes of high quality grass hay or grass/alfalfa mix in the winter when there's no pasture.
     
    12-18-2013, 02:36 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Yooper    
That sounds a little pricey for Wisconsin when it comes to round hay bales! Especially since there was a great hay crop this year. My cousin in Wisconsin (Western half of the state) is paying 30$ for a round bale of quality timothy hay. They're not smaller than yours, either.

Hay is about $25 where I am for a dry, mold free round bale of grass hay. It was an excellent year for hay in the UP, too. They are 1500 lb bales.
Around my area we had a bad winter last year, when it rained on the alfalfa and then it froze hard and killed a good chunk of the crops, grass faired better but those fields looks pretty dead for a while come spring. Then we were off to a very late start in the growing season with that extra blizzard in early may and then we got very little to almost no rain in july and august so after first and little bit of second crop every thing pretty much burnt up and we couldnt get in our usual third crop. There was hardly anything worth cutting...

As for the $75-200 estimate- I am going off of the prices off of craigslist has listed for hay around my area (lowest to absolute rediculous highest- most are selling for about $100), and even the stuff that is not hauled in from other states but is grown locally (here in wisconsin) is usually no less than 75 bucks and even when an ad comes up for 50 bucks a bale it doesnt stay up long- assuming the seller sells out fast because the demand is great. The yield of hay for this year is not good, least not around here. Normally we fill a silo with haylage but this year we couldnt do that and make enough hay for the dairy cows for balage (we have a smaller dairy of only 30 cows so we feed balage in the winter if the snow doesnt allow us to move the feeder wagon to haul silage)

Right now, the price of hay has inflated due to shortages, and hay suppliers are seeing a huge profit because people have to pay what needs to be paid in order to feed their animals. This is also why there is such an increase in the market of horses that are going for super cheap because people can't afford the price of hay as it is now around here unless they get it cheap from a supplier they know and trust.

Anyway, you are lucky that you have such a cheap supplier, but if say I had to find someone else to supply my hay- I would most likely be looking at $75 bucks at least for a good quality same size round bale. And then pay for shipping.
     
    12-18-2013, 06:05 PM
  #20
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So what's the point of .... using a round bale?
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So you can paint them to make giant smiley faces
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