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post #11 of 74 Old 05-13-2017, 09:47 PM
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OK...did some digging.
Not sure it is going to help you though...

Larsens only has squares right now.
They too are out of rounds. Ordered, not sure when they will arrive nor how fast they will disappear.
Rick's Performance just got in rounds...now I don't know where they are or cost nor type of hay.
It is "horse" hay though and think it must be someplace in the Ocala area.
You can also try 3rd Day Hay...they deliver to the Jacksonville area and much of "central" Florida depending upon day of order and their schedule. Like them on facebook..it saves some $ I understand with delivery.

I don't know if these are still available...
https://ocala.craigslist.org/grd/6097108848.html
https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/grd/6085190881.html

That at the moment is what I am aware of...
I will keep my ears open.

I know the loads of rounds and squares are coming in daily...
I see them on the road...
What I can't figure out is where the heck they are going...
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post #12 of 74 Old 05-13-2017, 10:02 PM
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I'm in VA, please take some of our rain! We're sick of it!

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I'm in southern Middle Tennessee and fear we may have a hay,shortage for the opposite reason ----- We have had so much rain,mint has ruined some of the fields.

I bought 84 small squares yesterday. That's all that was decent for horses off the entire field. At that we put it up damp --- if those bales didn't weigh 75 lbs each, they didn't weigh five. We stacked as loose as we could and I have a 48" drum fan running on the hay.

I have to check back Tuesday to see if the guy was able to cut more that is suitable for horses.

What I did buy was $7.75/bale, 50 cents more than last year and there is a bit of hop clover in the hay for the first time since I've been buying from this guy.

I keep hearing hop clover is a big issue with our hay growers this year:(. Hop clover is a huge no-no. I had a horse colic on that wiry garbage.

Lori, I hope you find hay or HLG can find some for you --- there's nothing worse than running out of hay:(

I've been noticing our square bales are getting smaller, lucky if they're 50 lbs. I've never heard of hop clover, do you pick it out? Hope that your hay dries ok. It would kill me to spend all of that money for it to mold. Yes, I hope that it's not as big as an issue finding hay as it seems. The way it's sounding is that the round rolls are the hardest to find. I'd be happy with square bales if some comes in, it's better than none at all.
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I'm in VA, please take some of our rain! We're sick of it!
Here I am down here going "doo de doo, just loving this non humid weather" and then "Oh, wait, what? No hay!!!"

I wish we could get some of your rain. Just not on Thursday, my niece is getting married on the beach. lol

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OK...did some digging.
Not sure it is going to help you though...

Larsens only has squares right now.
They too are out of rounds. Ordered, not sure when they will arrive nor how fast they will disappear.
Rick's Performance just got in rounds...now I don't know where they are or cost nor type of hay.
It is "horse" hay though and think it must be someplace in the Ocala area.
You can also try 3rd Day Hay...they deliver to the Jacksonville area and much of "central" Florida depending upon day of order and their schedule. Like them on facebook..it saves some $ I understand with delivery.

I don't know if these are still available...
https://ocala.craigslist.org/grd/6097108848.html
https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/grd/6085190881.html

That at the moment is what I am aware of...
I will keep my ears open.

I know the loads of rounds and squares are coming in daily...
I see them on the road...
What I can't figure out is where the heck they are going...
....



Yeah, I was at Larsens on Wednesday and they didn't have any. I'll check the other two on Monday morning to see what they have and see if Larsens got any in yet.

The trucks are probably going straight to the cattle ranches. lol

Thanks for the leads :)
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post #16 of 74 Old 05-13-2017, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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GOOD grief, grass Hay in Fla is more expensive than alfalfa!! That's a first. Get some alfalfa, the great thing about it is you can feed less than grass Hay and get more out of it nutritionally. I used to buy the 125lb alfalfa bales when I lived in Fla for $15 per bale. The flakes were so big I could feed 3 horses with one flake.

I buy locally grown alfalfa here in NC, nice 65 lb bales for $8 each. He usually has his first cut mid April but due to all the rain here hasn't been able to cut yet. Hes got timothy for $6. So I went to a Hay warehouse, 100 mile round trip. They had N.Y. alfalfa for $14 a bale and after loading it up I found a stack of Va alfalfa for $9, last years cut but still good. Looked just like the NC Hay I'm used to so got that instead.

At least you know that the rains will come to Fla, by June things will be greening up.



There's a big Hay place in Plant City Fla called the Hay Exchange, they have a lot of contacts. Might be worth it to call them and see if they know someone within driving distance that has Hay.

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Where I pick up the alfalfa, they have 120 to 130 lb bales for 535 per ton. They also have 1/2 ton pasture blocks for 350 per ton and it's pretty nice alfalfa. Those are a little harder to handle but I'm making it work for the price. That's what I like about that place, they sell by the weight.
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post #17 of 74 Old 05-13-2017, 10:59 PM
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We had a shortage of hay a couple winters ago and I had to give my horse soaked cubes for a few days until it could be restocked. It was awful.
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post #18 of 74 Old 05-14-2017, 11:01 AM
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Lori, $350/ton for alfalfa isn't bad. Buy a ton of that and feed about 10 - 15 lbs/day (2 or 3 feedings) and then give them 5 lbs or so of grass at night. Also, look into getting Omolene 400, it's a complete feed and saved my biscuits when we had no hay at all here in OK, during our bad drought.
Are the horses being fed in high amounts of work? Or are they large horses?
We have 3 horses- 14.1hh, thick built 15hh, and 15.3hh each.

In the dead of eastern WA winter, at -14 below, I don't think I even feed them that much hay, and they do not get blankets or grains.

Right now they are getting 10 lbs each per day, with only 1 kitchen measuring cup of alfalfa pellets wetted per day to put vitamins in. I think I feed 12-15 each per day at most in winter.
No real grazing in their living pasture, with occasional few hours worth of grazing subbed for a meal about 4-5 days per week right now. That will stop in a month as the ground dries out too much to support enough grass regrowth in the other pastures.

None of the 3 are hurting for weight. Actually the 2 smaller ones are closer to tubby, while the 15.3hh is older and bottom of the pecking order, so he is perfectly weighted. (This is all according to our vet as well.)

I will say we don't ride much in winter as the ground is nasty below the snow and also right now we aren't riding much because we have been too busy. But even when they get ridden a bit more, we don't still need to increase much past that.

My only point behind all that information is to ask if they could just be fed less hay to help it go farther?
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Lori, . Hop Clover is a low growing wiry-stemmed ground cover.

https://www.puregreenllc.com/resourc...rge-hop-clover


None of my horses would eat in the pasture but they would eat it dried, in the hay. The first year I dealt with it was the year Duke colicked on it.

There was so much hop clover in the hay, it would take me over an hour to clean one 50# bale and still not get all of it. I ended up calling one of my beef cow neighbors and he took it ----- around 70 bales. Bless him, he gave me money, even though I said I just wanted it out of my barn.

The guy whose hay I have been using the last three years has never had one single weed of any kind in his hay u til this 84 bales we put up Saturday. There is a small amount of hop clover and I will pull it out. If there are only a few pieces here and there, the stems are so wiry they pull out really easy.

Up here rounds are much more common than small squares and they are baled for cattle. We only have two mega producing dairy farms left in my county, they use large squares and throw them down the feed lane in front of the dairy cows.

Here's the link to the "hay exchange" for a handful of SE states and also the "Hay Hub" which covers the U.S. And Canada. If you knew someone with a flatbed and at least an F-350, maybe you could pool together and split the costs, maybe it wouldn't be too bad. Rounds have never been to expensive up here.


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Lori, everyone around us here is struggling for hay. I got just enough coastal from my regular supplier to hopefully last the summer. My peanut hay supplier says he has plenty of peanut hay if I need more, but nobody has much coastal any more.

My horses are miserable because they are being forced to live in the sacrifice pen to save my pastures. In this dreadful heat, they fuss and pick at each other being in relatively close quarters.

I was at McCulley Farm this past weekend, and up there they got 4 lovely sets of rain, over 2 inches. How much did we get, an hour and a half south of them? Nothing! Not one drop. We are so burned up. I'm glad I have enough hay so that I can at least feed them. I hope you can find some. I know it is a long drive from your place to my place, but my peanut hay is very nice and costs $10 a bale (no weeds).
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