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post #11 of 18 Old 06-30-2013, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by stevenson View Post
wow..what are the weight of the bales? be glad you not in CA . you would have a stroke at Hay prices.. alfalfa $14. to $18 a bale , 120 lb bales for the higher price and 100 lb for the lower price.. Cost a lot to keep a horse here!
but I think the cost of living is more here than in other states, deisel is almost $4.00 a gallon , and CA is a major supplier so our fuel should be cheaper..
Our bales are roughly 50 lbs/bale and grass, not alfalfa due to blister beetles. Before the drought I was paying about $2.50/bale, then it went to $6/bale stacked and delivered. Last year I got 500 bales at $3.50/bale IN THE FIELD and we had to load it and then unload and stack at home. This year when, where WE are, the drought is over he wants $6.50 in the field. No thanks. Not when I can go to the tack store and get better hay for $7-8 and they will load me up, so all I have to do is unload and stack at home.

I've been paying roughly $3.50/gal for diesel out here, and we're normally at least $1/gal less than CA.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-30-2013, 06:59 PM
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I can relate... our barn ( I board ) got in about 100 round bales for first cutting and when the trailers pulled up I was doing a happy dance! Last year it was so nerve wracking with the drought... I know suppliers are over charging this year cause they discovered people will PAY it... the guy delivering the hay said they have second cutting almost ready already.. am guessing the price will go down.. but just seeing all those beautiful round bales sitting there made me so happy... Clearly it does not take much!
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-30-2013, 07:16 PM
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I got a deal at $7 for 55lb bales this year. Partially delivered (I had to go haul the smaller trailer load) and unloaded/stacked in the sheds.

Pays to be the babysitter of a hay grower!

Hay is $8 a bale minimum sitting in the field here right now.
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-30-2013, 07:18 PM
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We get square bales, and I am in Southeastern Oklahoma.
The kicker of this is we own 50 acres of land, that is where my horses are, and it produces beautiful hay, however we have had agreement with my cousin that if he maintains the land and cuts the hay he can keep it. He only bales round bales, where I need square. He has been doing this for 10 years and I just got the horses this year. Here is a pic of the hay freshly cut, then after it was baled, he was able to get 72 bales out of this cut!

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post #15 of 18 Old 06-30-2013, 09:13 PM
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If we ever have a reason to move, I'd like to move down to SE OK, I love it down there. Preferably near the Arbuckle Mts, so I have some hills to run the ponies on.

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-30-2013, 09:39 PM
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Woohoo! That's some good looking hay.
Sounds like that was an awesome, random call.
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post #17 of 18 Old 07-01-2013, 02:09 AM
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Mslady, does he bale the hay with the horses on the pasture ? whats he do about the poo ?
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-01-2013, 08:52 AM
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I don't know of anyone who allows any livestock on their hay fields unless they are planning on plowing them down.

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