Just curious what everyone paid last year for hay? I know it varies by location and type.
For instance, I bought orchard/alfalfa mix for $240 per ton. That seems a little high to me but I'm glad to have it in my barn I was hoping Midwest hay would be cheaper. I'm use to paying by the bale with my .old supplier, but we were also living in MD at the time.
Edited to add: These were small squares, stacked an delivered.
Last edited by Sparky Boy; Jan. 29, 2012 at 01:25 PM.
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In the midwest, I paid about $150/ton, delivered, for first cutting orchard/alfalfa/timothy rounds we put up in the hay mow. Really nice hay everyone has been hoovering down all winter with minimal waste. The TBs are fat as ticks. I got that hay immediately after it was baled.
I also bought some first-cutting squares, mainly timothy with some alfalfa and orchard. Those were about the same cost per ton, but we went and got a hay wagonful (wagon and all) to handle ourselves straight out of the field.
Two summers ago I bought some really, really nice alfalfa squares with a nutritional analysis already done. First or second cutting--I don't recall which--but lovely, leafy hay. That was about $250 a ton, which is on par with pure orchard grass. We went and got that hay, too. Delivery of squares can run you another $30-50 a ton or so.
Since we have the storage room, I like to get all my hay straight out of the field or off the wagon. It's a PITA to be available right when the hay is ready, but the price and availability doesn't get any better.
I pay $32/bale for 110#-120# bales of GORGEOUS weed-free, leafy green alfalfa from Montana. ...
Also pay - depending on who I buy it from - between $6-$8/bale for 50#-60# nice green leafy mixed grass hay.
Well, if you figure the alfalfa averages 115#, that comes to ~$550/ton . And the grass, if you figure $7/bale and 55# average, that's ~$250/ton.
Here in the wet side of Washington, good local grass hay (which can be very hard to find -- lots of yuk out there) ran me about $200/ton delivered and stacked -- this was pretty high for local as it is weed-free and put up right, and out of the barn not straight from the field.
The good hay for us comes from over the mountains, so shipping cost really plays a big part. Most recently, I have bought timothy hay for a super premium price of over $350/ton, but I had to have "special" hay for my IR horse and it was the one that would work well for him and my other guys. I've also purchased some not-so-good teff for $265/ton.
Hay prices are pretty much the highest I've seen them this year, and will only go higher for those still buying this winter as the stocks are low. I'm hoping I have enough to last me until the summer hay season...hoping it isn't another cold, wet spring like last year as that really played havoc on the hay growing and harvest here.
Just paid $240 a ton for alfalfa/orchard mix. Located in SE PA.
Summer I paid $160 a ton at local hay supplier. But that was after my regular hay guy (amish farmer down the road from me) ran out of hay due to flooding. He (Amish) sold me his alfalfa hay, which was gorgeous, for $110 a ton. Sigh!!!!!!!
I am praying hard that this year is a good weather year for hay/crops. I hate these prices we have had to pay this winter.
Top-notch Western-grown O and A hay in Florida was $425 a ton last year, is $495 a ton this year. These are big 100# bales. The quality is so good and consistent that I have stayed with the same supplier for 5 years now--if there is ever a spotty load in with one or two bad bales in the mix, he immediately lets his clients know and reduces the price.
Although I don't live there, I was traveling through the Kenai peninsula in Alaska last month and hear on a local radio station that a feed store had a fresh delivery of hay (kind was not mentioned) ... 650 a ton. Round bales averaged 160.
Thankful that I board where they have great hay!
"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter, it gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark"
$215/ton last July, mostly Timothy. That was the hay price, then I paid delivery ($200, for 2 trips and 7 tons of hay). Add the $90 I also "tipped" my three fabulous unloader/stackers (son and friends) I guess it worked out closer to $256/ton.
Last week...3 string timothy $30. 3-string Alflafa $27.50 3-string coastal,
low $20's. 2 string alfalfa $13.50....feed store prices. Hay trucks seen everytime I'm out on I-35, all heading south. Prices higher than last summer.
I pay 360 a ton for premium O&A KY grown hay. Delivered and stacked in my barn. If I was to purchase from our local feed stores, I'd pay anywhere from 500 a ton up to 720 at ton. Yes, those numbers are correct.