What Cost for Hay or Straw?

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  1. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    What do you pay for hay or straw in your area?

    If you harvest it to sell, what do you get for hay?
    Do you sell hay in big round bales? and what about delivering costs?
     
  2. Freeholder

    Freeholder Well-Known Member

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    At the feed store 100 lb. bales go for between $8.50 and $9.50, depending on whether they are grass or alfalfa. It's less by the ton from the farmer, $80 to $125 per ton.

    Kathleen
     

  3. boren

    boren Well-Known Member

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    When I bought hay last year we paid $3.50/bale, min 50lb, upto 75lb. 3rd cutting alfalfa.

    He didn't want to sell by the ton since he would have to weigh it.
     
  4. allenslabs

    allenslabs Saanen & Boer Breeder

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    We live in southern IN and we pay between 2-2.50 for a real nice alf mix. We are picky though. Then if we take it to FL and sell it people are THRILLED to pay7.50-8 per bale. Straw here goes for 2.50
     
  5. old timer

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    here is Ste. Genvieve Missouri we have a man that sells his Alfalfa all cuts for $2.50 a bale.... and I feel that is a GOOD price. My goats love it. :D

    Greg
     
  6. billooo2

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    In Ohio I have been paying $2.50 for 50-75 lb. bales of a nice mix with a lot of alfalfa.
     
  7. Paul72

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    In NW Wisconsin the farmer I get hay from was priced at $50 for a 1200 lb round bale of good grass/alfalfa mix for horses and our straw was $2 a bale.
     
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    comfortablynumb Well-Known Member

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    I pay 1.50 a bale for mix hay. little 50 pounders.
    straw is 4 bucks a bale, as is baled pine shavings.

    a 700 lb roll cost about 20 bucks
     
  9. sancraft

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    I pay 5.75 per sq. bale of mixed grass hay and 4.50 per bale for wheat straw. That's why I hope to have enough land cleared to grow my own come next year.
     
  10. chas

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    I wont tell where I get my 50 - 70 lb. bales for 1.25
    straw is 3.00 a bale
    I can't afford all the equipment to do my own,so I rotate about 15 acres as pasture and save buying a lot of hay.2 horses and average 12 to 15 goats and fed my rabbits on 300 bales so far this year.
     
  11. RedneckWoman

    RedneckWoman Well-Known Member

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    From local farmers I pay $2-$2.50 for 80# bales, 1100# rolls average $20. At the feed store 60# bales are $5/bale and rolls are $40. Straw is $4/bale.
     
  12. blazingguns

    blazingguns Well-Known Member

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    I pay $4.50 bale for a Alfalfa Grass Hay Mix, or $5.00 bale for just Alfalfa. The large round bales go anywhere from $15.00 to $30.00 depending on age I think.
     
  13. Irish Pixie

    Irish Pixie Well-Known Member

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    I pay $1 to $1.50 for 50# bales of excellent mixed grass hay out of the field. DH and I are in the planning stages of plowing and reseeding our 10 acre hayfield for our own use and to sell. I believe we'll ship a bunch of it south, we're right off both Interstates 81 and 17 and have access for large trucks and trailers.

    I pay $4 for a huge (70#) bale of good straw.

    Stacy