Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
I hate to bust your bubble about plentiful, cheap hay in MO, TN, KY, OK etc etc. The rains came this year but they were funky. Too much in some spots ruined the hay, too little in others meant no hay. Round bales are now around $100 or more and I've gone from paying $5/bale for bermuda (45-50 lb bales) to $12 for the same bales because they're being trucked in from out of state. There's no such thing as a 3 string 100+ lb bale of hay and you can't feed local alfalfa because of blister beetles. How much are you paying for those 3 string bales now? Grass & Alfalfa? I paid $8/bale for alfalfa when I lived there in 2006/2007ish.
$16.99 for 90-100 lb bales of alfalfa. $17.99 for 100 lb bales of bermuda. It used to be a little cheaper. A few years back I was paying around $13.50 for gorgeous alfalfa. But the prices have gone up.
A lot of people on the internet seem to buy round bales. But I have never seen a round bale where I live. We sometimes see 2 string grass bales from Colorado but they are like $14.50 each so I don't feed those.
When we first moved here, about 20 years ago, I could find 3 string bales of alfalfa for $5 if I bought it directly from a local farm that used waste water from a paper mill. But that closed down. Probably for the best, I heard some horses got sick from it. I don't remember why, I don't think it was the water, maybe toxic weeds.
I really don't understand no water = no hay. Everything is irrigated here or there would be no crops at all. But guess other parts of the country must just depend on rain?
I'm sure gas prices also have a lot to do with our hay prices. Because locally there really are no growers. Everything comes up from the Yuma or Phoenix area. I live up around Show Low.
We had relatives at one point back in the Missouri/S. Illinois area. They would buy cows just to keep the grass down, or so the story goes.