Price of hay dropping in my area how about yours?
We paid 9.00 a bale this past fall. I am getting close to needing more so I have been watching the local prices. It has dropped from 9 to 13 a bale to 6 to 8 a bale.
I live in Mid Michigan.
What have you all been seeing?
I board, so I don't buy the hay - but this is very positive news. Maybe it's just because the hay suppliers realize they now have enough left to get through the end of winter?
Good news to be sure!
Yes it is a great to see.
We just added a new one to our family so we have doubled our need.
Here is a pic of my daughter and her new Tenn Walker/Clysdale mix.
Hay in my area has generally not been unreasonable. I'd say for the past few years, its been pretty consistent. You will pay more for an alfalfa mix compared to your grass hay. I can't complain about hay prices in my parts when compared to others. Those pesky grain prices tho, hahaha :wink:
I've been paying $3.50 a bale for the last 2 years. I don't really see the prices dropping lower than that.
Some had to get rid of there horses. Sad...
Hay,for me, went up big time from what I paid in the fall.$45/big round to $67/big round now. The hay growers I've talked to said it's because they've been shipping so much down to the States that now it's becoming hard to find in certain areas here..
I paid 6 bucks a bale (70 lbs alf/grass mix) for years. Two years ago it spiked to 16. a bale, then last year stayed at about 10-12. minimum for local fields in the summer and going up over early winter from there to an average of 16.... Lots of folks sold their horses, and I, and many others, began using hay stretchers like beet pulp or oats... now seeing hay prices come "back down" to about 12 a bale.
I think a lot of farmers and hay brokers gambled that owners would pay the 16 a bale, but they have hay sitting in their barns and fields that people just aren't willing to buy at that price, so they have to drop the price ...
In southern Arizona, we still seem to be at around $17-18 / 90 lb bale. Most of ours is from out of state, so gas prices may be keeping it high.
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