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North of Dallas Texas folks...hay source?

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  • North of Dallas Texas folks...hay source?

    Well, the move is ON! Got a contract on our place here last night, be out in TX by first part of May.

    We'll be in the Anna-Celina area. Wonder if your good Texas neighbors near that area have a good (of course cheap) source of hay for us?

    I can't put out round bales, but will be able to store some to pull hay off of if needed. That said, I'd prefer square smalls.

    Since I feed timothy now, pretty much anything out there will be new to my horses. What 'flavor' hay do your Texas horses like best?

    My horses are also average IR, so a lower sugar type hay is preferred.

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  • #2
    Until the new cutting season gets underway and we see what we've got, you are going to be hard-pressed to find hay period, much less good or cheap, and most all of that will be round bales. Of course the big issue is even finding ANY hay at all.

    Currently the horse's favorite flavor is any horse quality hay that can be found sadly. In Texas though, most hay is coastal. I've never seen timothy or orchard grass that hadn't been brought in by someone from out of state for their own use. Alfalfa does grow out west, but Texas is a big state and that's pretty far to go get some, so you still have to have it brought in my semi-load if you want any quantity or decent price, generally.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but after the drought last year, hay is still sort of an unknown as far as availability.
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    • #3
      Coastal is the most common hay here. Alflafa normally comes trucked in
      from a good distance. Last year, locals got a partial first cutting, period, instead of four or five.

      D&L Feed is a local feed store chain. They have a store in either Anna or
      Celina with their main store in Aubrey/Pilot Point. They are not cheap but
      have a done a good job of getting hay from other parts of the country. And so far the quality of the hay has been good. They also did a good job of getting some great hay back in 2005 or 2006 when things dried up that summer. Some of the prettiest hay I've ever seen. And they continued to keep stocking the alfalfa grass mixes from out west that my horses dearly love. After ten years, they still don't really like coastal hay and waste a lot of it although they have been doing a better job with the Florida coastal.

      Their delivery charges have been reasonable, also...not as good as when we moved here 10 years ago. It was like $5 for a 25 mile one-way trip and stacking it. Coastal was also $4.50 a bale.

      Welcome to the area!


      • #4
        I wish you luck. Beware - if you go out of state, the COTH vultures will be all over you.



        • #5
          It might be worth it to bring a truckload of hay with you.


          • #6
            You need to read the other hay Threads here. Do not be shocked at over $400 a ton. And then be very grateful you can get hay at all.
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            • #7
              I second the idea that if you can bring a truckload of hay with you, do it!
              Our first cutting is typically around Memorial Day, although it's been an early spring Due to the drought, when I see good quality hay I buy it!


              • #8
                Originally posted by janiemerle View Post
                It might be worth it to bring a truckload of hay with you.
                This!! Bring as much as you can. Prepare yourself to go far from TX and pay top dollar for hay.


                • #9
                  Welcome to North Texas. Unfortunately, as others have said, haywise you've picked a bad to come! LOL

                  I have been bringing hay in since last summer. In fact have a load coming in this afternoon of Timothy/Orchard grass.

                  I'm a few miles west of I-35 in Valley View, so pretty much due west of you. I have small squares available either individually priced for pick up in the barn or I can have full or half semi loads delivered directly to you.

                  Price varies according to how much we have to pay for each load and for the quantity, but plan on $10-$13/bale.

                  That price is pretty much what I'm seeing on CL. The feed stores are typically higher. Though, I do recommend D & L as a feed store. They are great to work with!

                  Good luck with the move.
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                  • #10
                    For high quality coastal hay you are definitely looking at $10-13 per square bale. Much more for alfalfa. We feed a combo of coastal and alfalfa and have approximately 26 horses to feed. We buy about 500/bales per load (2 semi trucks) and use large suppliers with annual guarantees, some grown in irrigated TX fields, but some of the hay does come from out of state, especially this year when Texas had no hay as water restrictions even stopped field irrigation for some growers.

                    If you are feeding just a few horses you should be able to find hay, but it might run $12-15/bale for really high quality and you only buy 20 or so bales at a time. Hopefully prices will come back down eventually. I remember not too long ago when it was only $5 bale. I recommend you contact D&L or a local feed store.
                    Last edited by Elmstead; Mar. 11, 2012, 04:10 PM.


                    • #11
                      been buying 1/2ton bales of timothy through Hay USA in Weatherford ... Liz can get you truckloads of it


                      • #12
                        Great post by Clanter. This outfit KNOWS hay; unlike so many little folk that have suddenly jumped into the hay game.
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