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post #1 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well, that's not encouraging.....

I gave our hay guy a call today - we've been feeding out of our square bale supply for a couple of weeks and I knew he'd recently put up a cutting, so thought it'd be a good time to stock back up. We were talking and I mentioned I had noticed it looked like it was going to be a good hay year this year - - - when he tells me he actually thinks he's going to be short this year . I was at work, so didn't have a whole lot of time to probe into that any further - but I'll be going by tomorrow afternoon to pick up a round bale and plan to look a little deeper and see if he means in general or if he is just thinking ahead to who all he has to sell to.
Either way, we did agree that I'd figure out what we'd be wanting so I can let him know tomorrow while I'm there - hopefully that means I am getting my "order" in early and can secure what I need/want for the year. I have a fall back source, but really like this hay and the price!
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 10:14 PM
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I haven't been following the hay this year but I hope you get what you need!!

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 10:19 PM
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Sending best wishes your way! Good hay suppliers are a gem, hopefully you have good luck. Everyone seems to be cutting here. I think that our supplier is just going to fill up our shed and hand us a bill this season. Last year he delivered it every few weeks, I think he likes the empty shed idea much better!
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post #4 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 10:25 PM
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I think we just paid $10/$12 for a bale of hay here (Texas). It's getting a little insane if you ask me...

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post #5 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 10:28 PM
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Holy crap... I'd be broke! We pay between $3-4 here. 30ish for a round bale.
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post #6 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 10:41 PM
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Lets just hope he's wrong and you're right. Hay prices are on the rise where I'm located so it could be happening to the rest of the US.
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post #7 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 10:52 PM
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OVO, it's been insane in this part of the country since last winter. Small squares of horse quality alfalfa in my area go for $10-$18+ per bale, depending on weight. I'm thankful that we have a good supplier that we've been faithful buyers from for years. We are able to get big rounds of super good alfalfa for about $270 (they average about 1700-1800 pounds) so we're giving just right at $300 a ton. Everywhere else has advertised a lot more. Heck just browsing a few minutes ago, I could have got a load of small squares for $384 a ton .

Or, even better.....
Alfalfa hay - $125 (Canyon)

Date: 2012-05-08, 8:58PM CDT
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Alfalfa hay 3x3x6 125 a bale weigh 500 to 600lbs call ***-****

And then, right above that

RE:Alfalfa hay - $125 (Canyon)

Date: 2012-05-08, 11:03PM CDT
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600 a ton.... I hope it is lined with something other than Alfalfa for that price...
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post #8 of 20 Old 05-19-2012, 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by RoosHuman View Post
Holy crap... I'd be broke! We pay between $3-4 here. 30ish for a round bale.
Wow! I just paid 24.00 per bale for three string Timothy, second cutting. I remember when 9 per bale was pushing it...

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post #9 of 20 Old 05-19-2012, 04:22 AM
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We just put up our first cutting, 3 weeks ahead of schedule, but we got a third of what we normally would have because of the lack of rain.

We need rain!
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post #10 of 20 Old 05-19-2012, 06:52 AM
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I'm thinking he may think he'll be short because of lack of rain and a fairly dry winter. I don't know what it's like in Indiana but we had 2 snowfalls here in NJ, 1 in October and a small bit later. Because there was hardly any snow this year, we're going in to summer much drier than normal.

Yesterday driving home from work I noticed quite a few fields being cut. Boy did it smell nice! We're having a string of bright sunny days so I think the hay folk want to get it put up while the sun is shining. My guy hasn't started yet though.

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