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post #11 of 15 Old 03-09-2013, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by lancek View Post
Well, we ended up buying our hay from TSC.
They have gone through 3 semi loads of this stuff since November.

They ended up costing just over 7.50 a bale.
I assume you bought the Standlee farms compressed bales? I don't think TSC offers any other brand. $7.50/50lb bale works out to $300/ton. I just paid $320/ton delivered from 300 miles away. I wanted to die at that price. I was fully expecting $250/ton which is way up from the $140/ton I paid last year.

You must have a large number of horses to go through 3 semis of hay in a couple months. I go through about 3 semis a year or about 65 tons of large squares depending on how heavy the bales are when loaded on a semi.

The hay I got is incredibly nice and tests higher than i expected, so I'm pleased, at least now that the sticker shock has worn down some. Trucking in ND is borderline outrageous because there aren't many back hauls. Everything is being trucked in and very little trucked out.

We are not in a drought, but crappy 2-3 year old hay is flying out of state for ridiculous amounts of money. I watch several semis go by everyday. I know there are some "brokers" just making a killing. There are many growers though who will only use a broker because they are worried about getting paid, and I completely understand that.
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-09-2013, 12:13 PM
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I'm paying, for a 1200 round bale that's HIGH alfalfa, $40/bale.
Seems to be about the average here. I'm paying more in hay per month then my brand new truck payment. LOL

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post #13 of 15 Old 03-09-2013, 12:34 PM
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I'm paying 75$ a (small) round bale, comes out to 225/month for hay. Drought got us, but not nearly as bad as previous summer. Round bales were going for 120-150$ a piece. I got lucky and found a whole bunch of good, large square bales a guy was selling for 10$ (he used them for hay rides the previous Christmas since he has this big light show he puts on). And he was willing to barter items (old farm equipment) for decor in his "western theme"... So I scooped up as many as he had, and was enough to feed 3 cows (some of the hay had gotten rained on) and my horse for 6 months, thru the worst of it.
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post #14 of 15 Old 03-09-2013, 12:38 PM
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Our hay is;

Alfalfa/Orchard mix $18 per bale 110# bales
Alfalfa $16.00 +
Timothy $20+

I go through 3 semi loads a year feeding 8 horses.

We don't have lush green grass pastures so its hay year around.
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post #15 of 15 Old 03-09-2013, 12:45 PM
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I'm buying Orchard/Coastal mix 4x5 rolls for $45 from farmer and Premium Coastal 4x5 rolls from local hardware/feed store for $55 now and $6.50 a 50lb sq.. Feed store was $60 a roll 3 weeks ago.
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