Ah my gawd, this is my first year calculating how much haaaaaaaaay I need for my animals for a year. I know it is a no brainer for people who have kept livestock for their entire lives, but it is new math to me! And it all depends on how much the hay bales weigh too, which I don't know yet.
Our 10 acre field hay field (just grass hay) was cut yesterday. We take what we need for the year, they take some to pay for cutting, and the rest is sold. At least conditions for this haying is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. I mean, absolutely perfect. It is sunny, windy, and dry, with nary a raindrop in the forecast for the next ten days. Of course it'll be baled up and protected by then, but WOW. I already took a look at the hay up close, it is nice and leafy, not horribly stemmy!