New poster with almost the exact
same rant another new poster had about a month or so ago? Yeah, I'm not suspicious at all
Are SOME people taking advantage of the drought and upping their prices for hay? Sure, there are unscrupulous people everywhere, like your farmer friend who's deliberately gouging people because he can. Explain to me why you'd consider someone like that a friend
? However, the majority of people charging that much for hay aren't
making any real money because they haven't gotten more than one cutting, and hay really is scarce. Either that, or it's being trucked in from wherever there isn't a drought, and that price reflects the cost of bringing it in from elsewhere.
My hay is $3.50 for 50-60 pound square bales, but I live in VA where (thank God) we weren't hit very hard, drought wise. The drought is VERY real in some areas, and if you're in one of the hardest hit your hay prices are going to reflect it.
Farmers who raise cattle generally raise their own hay as well. So if they're having to sell their cattle because they haven't grown enough hay, how does that make the drought and hay shortage a 'scam'?