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    08-28-2012, 10:39 PM
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One man around here is baling off of his CRP. Supposed to have been able to use it for helping themselves get through winter. He is SELLING his round bales for 135 dollars a bale. Almost double what others are.

I have enough I think, and am cutting back at present on pm haying, as they are turned out to pasture and are just wasting it, so am only doing AM. Have talked about a complete feed, and about getting beet pulp, and alfalfa that is crushed too.

Horses I believe can get by with 1-2% of their body weight in roughage. Here is a link, and there are plenty of others too.

Straw many hesitate to feed for roughage though due to problems associated with it.

I was scrolling through CL and other places and the prices of horses has dropped tremendously already.
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    08-28-2012, 10:50 PM
Yep, I switched to a complete feed also so I could cut back a bit on hay but the prices on completes are sky rocketing also..I think its going to be dicey no matter what...gulp!
    08-29-2012, 10:56 AM
Originally Posted by Paradise    
The prices are really concerning, and it's sad how many horses are going to suffer, and how many people are going to have to give up the horses they love.

On the bright side, my trainer thinks that these prices will give the horse market a bit of a boost by culling out so many of them.

We were VERY lucky to get hay (relatively) cheap, so we're set for winter. I am so thankful for that. Hope we'll have a better year next.
yeah I agree with that too but saddly a lot of them will be starving or shipped to slaughter people get really desperate in times like this and you just never know what to expect ........I have a feeling im going to be buying a horse in need, that's just how I am
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    08-29-2012, 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by EthanQ    
Not only that, but it's also supposed to be another dry in kansas last winter had little snow or rain, then drought this summer, And now this. I am not sure how much more it'll take before people around here snap.
Amen to that! We finally had a little rain, but it's too late. Prices on hay are going way up! Luckily, we've found someone that will hold big round alfalfa for us at the same price....we can't afford to buy it all at once so getting monthly is what we'll be doing. Suppose to be a HARD winter here in Kansas according to the old-timers so maybe we'll get some much needed moisture
    08-29-2012, 01:17 PM
We just had the second snow fall for the season. I have the hay I need but, I know some people are dragging their feet.

Considering I have skied here in the middle of Oct in the past, this year is starting to shape the same way, where the past two years the snow has been a lot later.

Heres to being 29 feet deep of snow........... that's the average snowfall here.

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