I always wonder - when I hear people talking about hay prices, what do they mean? Whether hay is at $3 a bale, $10 or $16 (or more), what size bale is that? What kind of hay is that?
So I'd like to hear from you guys. Tell me about your hay. Even if you usually lurk, speak up!
Where do you get it? What kind is it? How big is your bale? About how long does it last you?
I'll start off with my hay. When we bought our place we were very fortunate that about 30 acres of our land is hay field. Where we're not so fortunate is we don't have the equipment to hay it ourselves so we have to find someone to do it (its just not financially feasible, at least for now, to buy the equipment ourselves)
Last year (our first year here) we had more than enough hay for the year. It was baled in squares and rounds. The rounds are soft core and small (about 800lbs).
I sold about 20-30 round bales to a neighbour friend. We went into this winter with some squares & rounds left. Our hay last year cost me about what I paid for 3 months board for 3 horses when we were boarding.
This past year we had to get someone else to hay for us (the neighbour that did it before had medical issues) He wanted hay in trade, about 2/3 of it - which is the going rate. Well we need our hay! We ended up settling for some hay & some cash for payment. There are a few squares from this year's crop and the rounds which are still soft core but slightly larger (about 1000-1100lbs)
Our hayfield is mostly prairie wool, with some brome & a bit of alfalfa.
(for our rounds I could probably have got about $30-40 a bale for them last year and this year)
Okay guys, your turn... go comment! :)