We pay between $40 and $55 for barn-stored round bales, depending on the size ... grass, sometimes with a little alfalfa, depending on which field it comes out of. We have to be very careful with alfalfa here though as it often does not get completely dry and ends up molding.
Furholler, one of our neighbors has for several years put up our hay, put enough in the barn for our animals then pay us for the rest of our half. He owns the equipment and fertilizes the ground. Anyway, this year, he paid us $35/bale of just whatever is out in our field--mostly cool season grasses and some weeds. The bales are 6' x 5' and weigh about 1200-1400# each. We're in central MO.
Plenty of hay this year after a broke leg last year made us run short....we had to buy in Jan Feb and paid 35.00 for 4x6 round grass hay........not this year we"ll end up with 300 plus 5x6 rounds.......I don't like buying
Bad hay year here! It's kind of funny that last year was so hot and dry but we had an abundance of very nice hay. This year, not so much. It's been tough to take in hay around all the rain. It was late getting the first cutting down. We just got our second cutting down out of the field today. It just wasn't worth doing small bales that our hay guy put it up in round bales. We just let him have both cuttings because we got no horse quality hay this year. Thankfully I forgot to sell all the extra hay we got last year because we're going to need to use it this year.
Grass goes for $120 a ton right now and alfalfa starts at $150 and goes up with quality. I figured my alfalfa bales are about $110 each. Glad I put up grass and only have to buy a little alfalfa for cold snaps.
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