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  1. #1
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    Default I just ordered a round bale for $180

    I feel sick.

    The last round bale I had was absolute crap. I'm grateful to have it, of course; and if it's quality hay, it will be worth it. But if it's as bad as the last bale I had, I'm going to be so pissed off!



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    OUCH!
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    dang! I just paid $80 for 2 2nd cutting roundbales. Where are u at?



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    Where are you located?! Wow.
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    It better be huge and wiegh several hundred pounds because I could mail you a couple of bales of hay for that.
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    So sorry!! I'm guessing TX.



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    OUCH is right!!! $30 a bale here freshly cut and gorgeous! I was thinking for $180 it must be alfalfa.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonriverfarm View Post
    OUCH is right!!! $30 a bale here freshly cut and gorgeous! I was thinking for $180 it must be alfalfa.....
    I sure hope so, wow that's nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonriverfarm View Post
    OUCH is right!!! $30 a bale here freshly cut and gorgeous! I was thinking for $180 it must be alfalfa.....
    I sure hope so, wow that's nuts.
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    I feel sick for you.

    Can't you find a few friends and split a semi-load? I think there's about 600 small squares to a load. That's only 60 bales each (a well loaded PU truck) if there's 10 of you.

    Try this site for hay info; I know there's a couple more websites out there that list hay for sale as well. ETA- check other states as well. There's an ad in KY that says they'll deliver for $10.50/bale 65#/alfalfa bales within 1000 miles. It's not cheap, but better than highway robbery prices for weeds.



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    Gee, I'd sell you all you want for $30 a bale and these
    are 1000 pound round bales with mesh wrap, the same
    ones we have harvested and feed to our own horses.

    I sure hope that things improve next year for your farmers.
    Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
    Elmwood, Wisconsin



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    Quote Originally Posted by tasia View Post
    So sorry!! I'm guessing TX.
    Ding ding ding!

    I was in far west Texas this weekend, almost to Mexico, and there was nary a blade of grass to be seen. Ranchers have had to sell herds that they spent generations developing for pennies on the dollar. In the Dallas area, we've had three rains this fall, and we do have grass right now. But hay is scarce.

    ETA: This is definately not for alfalfa. It's probably not even horse-quality.

    Also, I only have one horse. I have no need to try to buy a truckload. But it's really tough for people who are raising animals for a living.



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    We are in Ft Worth and last week sign a contract for hay to be supplied through May 2012 at $280/ton in 1000# bales from Wyoming... we do not have room to store them as we are in the middle of the city so are picking up one per week until the end of May

    Rounds bales are $130 and up if you can find them, you see truck loads headed west

    110#/125# Bermuda grass is about $390/ton



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    Surely at THAT price you are not letting your horses EAT it!!! Sounds like you should make a monument out of it!! Poor you!! And we thought we had it tough in OK.
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    If you are in that "neck of the woods" keep that bale under lock and key!

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    Here in eastern Kansas my square bale hay guy got only 60% of the normal yield. His friends were also only getting 60/70% of normal yields because we were short on rain when the hay was growing.

    He is sold out-nothing in the barn because he was 2,500 bales short of normal. The gentleman I get my round bales from has held back some for me so I *think* I'm set until next summer but I sure can't add another horse to feed between now and next June.

    Locally the price has gone up some on square brome bales and round bales. If you don't know the seller they will double the price and means $8 for square brome bales that weigh 60-65#.

    That $180 for a round bale would be very hard to afford. Are you going to peel it off and feed it like square flakes to reduce waste?



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    Quote Originally Posted by SLW View Post
    Are you going to peel it off and feed it like square flakes to reduce waste?
    I'll put it in a small mesh net, and in the barn, under a roof. I only have one horse (and one donkey). If this bale is as unpalatable as the last one, it will last me three months. I just hope I can get another bale when this one's gone.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nin View Post
    I'll put it in a small mesh net, and in the barn, under a roof. I only have one horse (and one donkey). If this bale is as unpalatable as the last one, it will last me three months. I just hope I can get another bale when this one's gone.
    At that price, would it be cheaper to take them off hay and feed either cubes and/or beet pulp or a complete feed?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nin View Post
    I'll put it in a small mesh net, and in the barn, under a roof. I only have one horse (and one donkey). If this bale is as unpalatable as the last one, it will last me three months. I just hope I can get another bale when this one's gone.
    They must be 1100lb round bales? 1100lbs would last 3 months if you fed 4lb per day for the donkey and 8lbs per day for the horse...



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    I go through four round bales each week! These prices are ridiculous. It is the freight cost that is the real killer for us here in Texas. All the good hay is so far away.
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