We have 13 acres in new grass hay on our property. In a couple of years we will have double that when the CRP contract runs out. We have gone crazy this year trying to find a farmer who is not too busy to cut and bale our hay. We finally found someone but the hay will be near the end of it's prime baling time. My question is; if we buy our own mowing, conditioning, baling equipment (already have a tractor), will we ever "break even" or pay for the cost of the equipment (new, unless we luck into decent used equip). We're beginning to think we might be better off using the fields as pasture and buying hay (horses, mules and a couple of beef steers in the future). Any opinions are greatly appreciated! We have come to the conclusion that we need our own equip. or don't cut for hay at all. Thank you!