This year we paid $20 an acre (we have 4 and a half acres) to cut and rake and .75 each bale. We always have them bail it in 80-85 lb bales. The first time we had this guy cut our hay, we didin't tell him how heavy to make the bales. So they were all 60 pounds.Talk about a lot of money for that cutting!! We learned our lesson the hard way.
Mine wanted me to pay $70 per ton this year, where last year he took a 60/40 split. Mine's still standing, cause it needed a lot of work to make it good hay, so I bought some at $85 delivered...orchard grass is what we use here, some timothy.
Around these parts of New Hampshire, a two string bale at 50 pounds or so was running $3.00 everywhere last year and this year it's up to $3.25
I thought I'd found a real bargain at $2.25 per bale and I ordered 150 bales to have as spares for the spring (for resale). The guy must have figured out he could get $1 more per so he called me to say that he wouldn't be able to cut/deliver on the order etc, etc.
That's just for cattle! Good quality horse hay runs between $4 and $6 a bale! Now, if it only costs $1.50 to cut/bale... there's some serious profit considering the field isn't even his.