Originally Posted by WillowUpNdunit
Ah yes... Remembering why I left this forum 3 years ago.... Way to many bored people that thrive on starting drama and making a poster feel bad about anything they posted.... I was simply stating I understand upping the prices... But they have gone out of proportion....
My reply was not to make the original poster feel bad, it was a simple statement of fact. In some places in the country there is less hay to be had so prices are up. Here in Mid Michigan square bales are going for $8-13/bale right now if you can find it.
Do I have sympathy for those who are struggling to buy hay this year? You bet I do, my board was substantially raised because of it. In fact I put off building a barn this year and bringing our horses home due to the fact I didn't have a solid source for hay for the winter and was not about to get in a squeeze and worry about feeding my horses.
Do I also have sympathy for those farmers whose hay crop failed? Again, yes I do because I know how hard it is to run a business. Their production costs have skyrocketed, and the money to cover that + the shortfall has to come from somewhere. In this case, it's reflected in the higher costs for those of us on the consumer end of the deal. ECON 101...simple supply vs. demand.
Far from being a bored internet troll, I am quite busy
and among other things I am active with our local haybank which tries hard to help locate low cost hay for those in need. It seems like the thing to do, helping out rather than just complaining about the situation.