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Old 08/01/05, 05:05 PM
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how much you pay to have hay baled

just wandering how much is a fair price to pay to have someone come and cut, rake,and bale round bales of hay on my own property probably try to get the 4ftx5ft bales
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Old 08/01/05, 08:31 PM
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how much you pay to have hay baled

It is differant for differant areas and the kind of hay you have.

A good bench mark is a 50/50 split. If you want all the hay you can buy the cutters half for a set going rate in your area.

This allows for bad and good years.

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Old 08/01/05, 10:25 PM
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around here $12-$16 depending on string vs net, 4x5 or 4x6 etc.
because of fuel prices and thin grass the two guys that I know want a 60-40 split this year to do it on shares

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Old 08/02/05, 12:38 AM
 
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I just paid someone $6 a bale for 4x5 round bales. That included cutting, turning, and baling. Last year we paid $10 for 4x6 round bales. If you don't want to keep it all they generally take half.

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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.

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Old 08/03/05, 01:34 AM
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We charge 1.50 bale for two string bales. Includes cutting, tedding, raking, baleing and we help put it in. Neighbors we do it for, so its not to make a killing, helps them out.


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Old 08/03/05, 01:22 PM
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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.

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Old 08/03/05, 01:36 PM
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Jeepers!
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.

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Old 08/03/05, 03:16 PM
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Prices for baling hay:

Cutting hay: $9/acre (discbine; custom operator supplies own fuel)

Baling Large (5' by 6') Round Bales: $9/bale with net wrap (custom operator supplies own fuel).

Baling Large (3' by 3' by 8') Square Bales: $1 per foot (8' bale = $8) (Custom operator supplies fuel and twine)

Baling small square bales ($0.45/bale) (Custom operator provides twine and fuel). Less if you provide fuel and twine, more if you don't have wagons and/or can't keep them supplied with empty wagons.

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