Hay Prices in your area?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Rare Feathers Farm, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Okay--so I just found out I need to come up with about $2000 in next 6 weeks for my hay for the year! [​IMG] With diesel prices approaching $5 a gallon here...hay is expected to be at LEAST $200 per ton!! [​IMG]

    And the $2000 is ONLY IF I can sell ONE of my horses... which the horse market in general is shot to heck right now, with no one buying & everyone selling. I just saw an ad for a VERY nicely-bred QH filly (3 years old, AQHA papered) for $150! And with my "off-breed" horses being in cowboy country, no one is even LOOKING this way for horses....I listed him on dreamhorse, but no bites. I have even lowered his price by $2500 and still, nothing. [​IMG]
  2. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Yep, hay is expensive. We have ours running in temp. fencing in the backyard just so we don't have to hay them right now. My 1992 black mare has been for sale for a year now but people want her for nothing so I am holding on to her as long as I can. I also have a 2 year old I am needing to sale. I don't want to sale them for just $10 like they are going for at auction around here. I think it was $5.00 a bale for nasty stuff last winter. We had no choice everyone else was sold out and we had just moved to the area. This year we will be able to look around for some better quality. I sure miss our great hay guy in Nebraska but that's the only thing I miss about that state.

    I need to list them online for sale but last time we got ripped off and had to go horse nap a horse that payments were not made on.[​IMG] She told us he was a horrible horse and she should not have to pay even after she signed the contract for him so we had to go get him back. She lied and we found out she was a drug addict after the fact:( We could have sued but we wouldn't have gotten anything out of her. She just wanted a free horse.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2008
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    Here on the east coast of VA I reciently saw an ad for grass hay in the field for $6 a bale. Southern States is $10 each for Orchard Grass. These are average sized bales. The price of horses are going down and they are not selling very well.
  4. Yeah, mine are all out on 120 acres right now--except my 17yo mare. She founders easily (she's a very piglet, LOL) so she's in a dry lot now so I have to feed her. We have about 20 bales left & she goes through 1/2 a bale a day... but during the winter--we have to feed. We have 4+ feet of snow! And we have to fed A LOT because it's REALLY cold here...
  5. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    That's what I am dreading. I know we have to have hay but for now we are trying not to have to buy it yet. My one mare can't be out of the grass for very long as she gets fat very easy and foundered before:( so that is helping our grass last a little bit longer.
  6. Yeah, I've pondered getting her a grazing muzzle...but turning her out in 120 acres with trees & brush and not visible from our house--makes me VERY nervous as is--so having something like that on her which can get her trapped or stuck--makes me even more paranoid.
  7. carugoman

    carugoman Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    NW FL Crestview
    I'm paying $3/100lb bermuda bale, but I have to go pick up and load. It's no problem since it's 11 miles away, gives the neighbor boys something to do and the younger one gets to "practice" driving a flatbed dumper with manual trans. I have two mammoth jakes and they just enjoy the bermuda grass! If the costs of making biodiesel ever go up, I may just have to use those mules to go and get that hay!
  8. buc

    buc Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Quote:I am on the other end of this issue, I am a producer.
    I sell about 300 to 325 large round bales of brome hay and mixed hay a year.

    Last year prices were 50 for a 1200 approx. lbs large round bale mixed (10 % alfalfa, 10 % red clover and the rest smooth brome)., Brome bales same size as above were $60 per bale.

    This year --- well let us just say it is going to be a bit more.
  9. Quote:Yeah...I think the feedstore was selling small square bales for $15 each!!! Horses are just sitting--now.
  10. Quote:Yeah...we paid $125/ton last year & picked it out of the field ourselves...

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