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Price of Hay/Hay rolls in Mid Atlantic

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  • Price of Hay/Hay rolls in Mid Atlantic

    Just wondering what the prices of hay were doing this year now as compared to a year or so ago when we had drought and higher fuel prices. Has anyone's hay price gone up, down etc. Some barns are instituting hay surcharge - I thought hay had gone down

    Appreciate any input

  • #2
    Hay was harvested last summer & fall when fuel prices (especially diesel) were SKY HIGH. I have not seen that hay has gone down in price, nor straw (or other bedding) & grain/feed prices are just as high as ever, too, although they may have quit going up right at the moment. Anyway, gas prices are going back up again, at least around here. I think some of the boarding barns that are raising prices are just finally giving in after almost a year of rising prices & trying to hold the line on board, they just can't do it any longer.


    • #3
      hay is just as high if not higher this year. We still had a drought and fuel was very high. I've paid 35-60 for round bales and 4-6 for square bales of grass hay. Alfalfa $6.75 bale


      • #4
        I finally gave up on trying to buy hay locally and I get it from NY now. I spend $7/bale (50# bale)(includes delivery and my guy is 5 hours away). He told me it's not just the price of diesel but even baling twine, etc is affected. I really doubt once the price of hay goes up, it will ever go back down. For me, the only saving grace is that at least my horses eat it and don't waste any. Sigh...


        • #5
          There's some decent grass hay in central NJ selling for $5.75 a bale, delivered.


          • #6
            I just paid $235/ton or about $5 a bale for excellent alfalfa grass mix at Kutztown Hay auction. It's excellent hay and my horses don't waste any of it. Unfortunately, I doubt if the farmer made much from that sale considering the price of gas last summer. Sad.

            I tried to reduce the overall cost of feeding my horses by going back to oats and beet pulp. I looked all over for an oat crimper and couldn't find one so ended up feeding whole oats with supplements. After an 8 month trial I've switched back to $18/50lb extruded feed because my horses' feet and coats are not in as good condition as they were before switching to oats.

            Feeding my horses has gone up over $100% in the past 18 months. I can handle the increase in cost for my own horses, but breaking even on selling tbs from the New Holland horse auction has become impossible. The implications from all of this are depressing; surely it means fewer horse owners in the low to middle income levels and more horses to slaughter.


            • #7
              I think we've paid $60 for some decent grass hay roundbales this year. Pricey, but it cost a lot to make hay this past season.

              However, our square bales are beautiful, decent weight, and well priced- $5.50. Don't ask me where we get it...I want him to always have some!

              Of course, my uncle put up some decent looking big heavy bales of local grass hay for the old guys and my mom was afraid to tell me how much he paid for it knowing I'd freak. $2.50!!!!!!!!!!!!! . Yes, I freaked. That was in northeast WV, up near Pittsburgh.


              • #8
                I pay $35 for a lighter (350-400 lb) good quality grass round bale (with twines) and $45 for a heavier (600 lb) excellent quality orchard grass (netted). I am buying at the hay farm, usually 2 or 3 bales at a time. I have been very lucky to pay near what I have paid last season. I really expected it to go up more. I am also overjoyed that it looks like my sister is marrying into a commercial hay family! (The same people I am buying the 600 lbers from!) I am near Harrisburg,PA.


                • #9
                  At the Kutztown auction on Saturday round bales were much less per ton than small bales. I've never large bales because I can't figure out how we'd unload them and store them. I also worry about dust and mold. Someone at the USDA office told me most large bales are sprayed with a mold retardant. Is that true? How do you manage your large bales?


                  • #10
                    When I get the large square bales, they only last a week for me, so they don't have time to mold!! They are stored in a nice Morton building where they come from, so I don't worry about them getting wet over there. I store them in my garage and feed it by the flake so I can meter out how much is consumed and it's not out in the rain.

                    I'm not sure how much they wiegh, but they are big with 4 very thick strings. I pay $85, am I getting ripped off?? It *is* nice grass hay. To give you an idea how big they are, I've gotten 2 delivered along with 10 'regular' bales, all at once loaded on a dually pickup truck.

                    I also get smaller bales from the same folks as it's easier to feed them to the two horses that have stalls at night. About 50# bales, $5.50 each. Nice hay, so I think it's fair.

                    No, I won't tell you who I get it from. It's essentialy surplus from a private farm and they only sell to 'freinds of the family', meaning those of us who work for them off and on.

                    Now, I'd sure like some leads on round bales. I'll need them for the spring and summer to make life easier on whoever is babysitting when I'm not home. I know that three will last a whole week, so if I line them up outside the hot wire gate the baby sitter can just push one in under the top wire every couple of days.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SEPowell View Post
                      I've never large bales because I can't figure out how we'd unload them and store them.
                      I suppose 'large' is relative, but the one's I get are pushed off a pickup truck into my garage by ONE person. He's pretty strong but he's not exactly Mr. Universe either.

                      They do land in an awkward way, one leaning on the other, up on their short ends. The first one I just cut the strings and push the flakes off into my cart. The second one (ooh, this is soo redneck) I pull forward with my SO's car. I pass a length of string thru the strings and loop over the hitch on his car, and then slowly pull it forward until it's flat on the ground.

                      I have a 'plan' in my head for a pasture feeder for a large bale, but it requires a tractor which I do not have. So I still feed it by the flake. I pull them apart, dividing them at least in half before putting them in the paddock. It's pretty hard to do that evenly, so I use 'small bales' indoors.

                      One barn I frequent gets straw bales this size. They struggle with them a bit, but I've seen thier stall guys place half a bale on the hitch of the manure spreader, put a full one in the spreader, heck, they've even pulled a bale down the aisle sorta how I move my bale 2 feet. When they off load them from the farm flat bed to the spreader, it *is* a two person job.


                      • #12
                        The smaller round bales are easy for me to roll myself, but I do have a relatively flat farm. I make sure the twines are tight before I try to move it and then I just roll it into the paddock, tip the feeder on end, roll it in, and flip feeder down on top. The bigger heavier bales are a chore, they usually take 2 of us to roll. They are netted and very tight, dense bales, but, man! are they heavy! They worst part of them is pushing them off the truck (they are sitting on their flat side). But, I can do it myself, even though the hay guys didn't believe me.


                        • #13
                          Thanks for you large bale management ideas. I need to think this through CAREFULLY; we live on a hill and I can see myself getting flattened if I'm not careful enough


                          • #14
                            Hay Spears?

                            Why push a bale when you can get an inexpensive hay spear on your little garden tractor? They don't cost much at all and this way you can move the bale around so that they are not stuck always in the same spot in your field, etc.
                            Pao Lin


                            • #15
                              I paid $5 for my last load of very pretty locally grown 3rd cutting grass hay in September. Bales were super heavy, maybe around 65#. Grower is a PITA to deal with, but the quality of his hay makes it worth the hassle.

                              Of course, I'm getting low, need around 60 more bales to make it through to 1st cutting, and planning to hit the local auction this weekend. Hopefully there will be something decent to buy.
                              Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                              Witherun Farm


                              • #16
                                Western North Carolina. 3x3x8 square bale...approx 800-900lbs - $135 for alfalfa....$125 for timothy/alfalfa mix. Shipped in from up north, not sure exactly where. Beautiful hay. Awkward to handle but beats paying $13-$17 for a 50-60lb square bale of alfalfa.
                                A poorly fitted saddle hampers both horse and rider.


                                • #17
                                  I'm paying

                                  $43 for a small round
                                  $60 for large round
                                  $70 for mid square (3x3x8)

                                  Reflects quanity discount bc I go through sooo much!

                                  ALL bales are alfalfa/orchard (50/50) and beautiful!!

                                  I LOFF my hay guy!