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So how cheap are you paying for hay?

 
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Today I broke down and bought six large round bales of hay from a neighbor who raises and sells hay. I was pleasantly surprised that he only wanted $20.00 a bale and he delivered them. So for $120. I have about 6000 pounds of decent hay for our two steers. This makes me real tempted to keep the steers off our small pasture and reseed it so that next year we will have less weeds and a better grass mix. After hearing about the drought in the midwest I was leery to buy hay afraid of the cost. So what are you paying for hay?
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I've seen it going in Eastern WA for between $120 & $220 per ton, depending on what it is.
Just saw an ad on Craig'sList for $3 bales (50#) alfalfa.
(I know people who paid $8 for the same thing last year...damned expensive horses!)

Seems like each farm has their own size bales, so the per ton price is the only way to tell if you're being robbed.
Parts of the country are selling off their herds to avoid buying hay.
Around here, probably 90% of the hay gets shipped elsewhere.



 
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North Central Florida
My little bull goes through 3-4 round bales/year during the cold season.
2010 $20
2011 $40
2012 $40 then dropped to $30
 
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John Polk wrote:I've seen it going in Eastern WA for between $120 & $220 per ton, depending on what it is.


John I just wanted to pass on some info our local WSU extension rep pointed out to us. She told us that Eastern WA uses an herbicide that can cause plants to grow funny and it doesn't break down in an animals system. I can't remember the name, and she said it won't harm people (ha, don't all herbicides make that claim), but it supposedly can make all growies develop really oddly.
 
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