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@Zimalia22 I don’t think most people would blame the growers. If anything we are mostly commiserating and hoping you guys stay in business. At least I am.

Locally most small time farmers had to get their cows processed for meat and stopped keeping them because it was costing them more to keep them than what they could sell them/the produce for. It’s only big corporate farms that are still in business. I think that has happened a long time ago in the western countries but over here a lot of people were keeping 10 or 15 head of cattle on their family farm up until two years ago. Not any more, unfortunately.
We sell mainly to the local cattleman here. We stack it down near our road, and we're done. His guys load it, mark it down, and go feed. It works out well as we only have to handle it once. Thank heavens for bale wagons!
 

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We sell mainly to the local cattleman here. We stack it down near our road, and we're done. His guys load it, mark it down, and go feed. It works out well as we only have to handle it once. Thank heavens for bale wagons!
Amen, hauling hay with an inline trailer is so good! Ours will haul 8 big 1600# bales and if you do it right they will off load in a line. Then it is just a matter of using the loader to put in the last couple rows in the hay storage pen.
 

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Last year round bales all went up $10.... What I was paying $40 for went up to $50 and what another place I paid $50 for an orchard round went up to $60.... not bad as they are good rounds...

Grain went up... what I could get if I had the TSC discount(haven't seen that in a while) and a sale at one point I got a ton of Strategy for $15 a bag... that was a deal... but now it's $23, but now I have 2 on Purina Equine senior and that's $26... my local feed store beats TSC prices plus buy 12 and get one free plus spend $250 get $10 off. Not too long ago I got a free bag and $10 off so I was pretty happy! lol

I went to get a round bale yesterday and was talking to my hay guy.... this is a new place(as in started last year) I'm getting the round bales from.... $70 for a HUGE round bale and horses love it... Orchard/Fescue mixed. But he hasn't went up but not sure he can keep it up... plus we haven't had a good amount of rain so not sure he can do the squares as much this year. You can pick up squares from him from the field and that runs $9... he said they have a good weight. I tend to call people on the weight of the bales. One place said they had 75 pound bales of good orchard/alfalfa... I said wow I'll take some! Get home and unload no way they were 75 pounds... more like 50... so I weighed them and then told the store they are wrong... whoever said they were 70 were wrong... I know they are heavy but most when they say 50 are more like 40... whew sorry for the rant! lol
 

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We are just now baling first cutting. Price of twine has nearly doubled. We all know what the price of diesel has done. Don't blame the grower! We're at the mercy of prices too! And heaven forbid if something breaks down! IF you can get the part, you pay thru the nose for it!
Got my hay today. Hubby talked to the driver, whom stated he is working for the hay company because of the cost of fuel and insurance on his squeeze truck is about a grand a month now. It is just outrageous. The water shortage i snot helping either.
 

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I might get into fisticuffs with someone for $6 per 50lb bale at this point. Alfalfa bales are 20 something, plain old bermuda grass is 11ish, and my plain old bermuda rounds are $70. That's not even great hay, orchard, timothy, perennial peanut, or alfalfa is what you're after, but ain't no way I'm affording that mess now or ever, as I live in FL and most of that has to shipped from way out in the midwest. My alfalfa pellets went up $4 a bag and my feed is up $7. Diesel is ungodly as we're all aware. Plain old gas is freakishly expensive. My farrier has to charge more. It's really all going to heck in a handbasket.

I'd fight the folks responsible for all this but unfortunately that's illegal.
 

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I buy hay as I have never felt it was cost efficient to maintain hay equipment. Hay big bales are suppose to be between $80-100 a bale for brome, so I've decided to sell off my cow/calf herd this fall and just start backgrounding calves for the summers selling them every fall. Only thing I'll feed during the winter will be horses and my meat steer. I usually go thru 70-80 of the big #1600 bales and 100 small bales. I'll be cutting back to 6 big bales and 100 small bales. Less strain on my wallet and less work during the winter months. Already cut a deal with the neighbor to buy steers from them next May, so no disease to bring home from the sale barn .
 

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We are putting up first crop now. Our valley is a decent supplier for high quality hay. Dairy and performance horse… as a kid I was shocked to explore the Kentucky Derby in FFA, meet the owners, and find they feed our hay!

Now, it’s never been cheap. We have not only had a massive increase in production costs, but now many are going to lose at the least half their water. That means half of what the valley produces will no longer exist. I imagine the prices to find our kind of hay will see a jump from that as well. A lot of people may end up out of business, as too many difficulties are happening at once.
 
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