I am curious about this, please. How many of you are in a position that you can basically buy a whole year’s supply at once ( ie have the room and/or be able to safely store it)? If you can do this, does this give you the ability to get the best price assuming you can wait for that time to happen? If you cannot do it, do you think that the difference between best price and no-other-option price would be financially justifiable to build or rearrange your yard to let it happen and recoup costs in the foreseeable future? Where I am there is not a really hay dealing system that is set up for partial orders.
I buy by the season -- there is NO discount for buying 300 small squares at a time. With one horse IR and the other could go that way, I buy from the best grower in my county and pay the price -- $7.75/50# bales last year.
We can no longer hump hay, so it cost another .75/ bale to have kids come to the farm and stack the hay.. The day I get a season's worth of hay in the barn, I start saving for the next season as being retired puts me in a fixed income.
The hay tested 8.2% NSC which is great. However, 2018 hay was on the stemmy side everywhere, due to all the rain we had and this year we have had even more rain.
alluded to, I look for 2019 hay to skyrocket thanks to Nebraska being under water.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see Standlee company, possibly stop producing their bagged forage this year (or part of the year), to make hay forage for those ranchers who have lost everything -----
Provided their thousands of acres on the Idaho/Utah border have stayed above water.
These massive floods and snow melting are going to affect a lot more people than just those who are literally flooded out. People need to start planning financially right now for the coming hay and feed season, as I see prices of everything escalating not only for the livestock but our house animals and ourselves.