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.