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GRANDPA
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« on: January 10, 2013, 06:02:56 PM »

Does anyone out there have any info on round bales. How much and all that. Thanks for any info iin advance.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 09:45:25 AM »

A tough year for hay.  Just a couple of years ago I paid $30 for 4'x5', 800=900 lbs of 75% alfalfa/25% grass.

This year, from the same guy, they were $120, and all were gone by middle of October.

Finding good round bales can be tough.  A lot of guys will make rounds if the hay got rained on or got old (grew too long) because cattle can eat moldy, stemmy hay with no problems.  A horse will eat stemmy, old hay if theres nothing else.  Horses will mostly eat around any mold, but if a broodmare eats moldy hay it can make her abort.

Another problem is a lot of guys store their rounds outside.  Even if they're net wrapped, you still get a couple of inches of crust on the outside.

I look for hay that was made dry and stored inside.

Handling and storing them can be an issue.  You either need a tractor with a loader bucket and bale point, or forks or a bale spear on the back, although it is possible to roll them off the trailer right into the paddock if they are pretty round.

Prices are starting to drop a little bit.  These guys that were holding out for $150 a bale are getting antsy because there are very few takers. I've seen some out here priced between $75 and $100 bucks, depending on size and quality.

I suggest going to craigslist.org for your area.  Click on Farm/Garden and enter round bale as your search term.

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 10:02:18 AM »

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I suggest going to craigslist.org for your area.  Click on Farm/Garden and enter round bale as your search term.

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013, 10:04:59 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 01:20:46 PM »

A tough year for hay.  Just a couple of years ago I paid $30 for 4'x5', 800=900 lbs of 75% alfalfa/25% grass.

This year, from the same guy, they were $120, and all were gone by middle of October.

Finding good round bales can be tough.  A lot of guys will make rounds if the hay got rained on or got old (grew too long) because cattle can eat moldy, stemmy hay with no problems.  A horse will eat stemmy, old hay if theres nothing else.  Horses will mostly eat around any mold, but if a broodmare eats moldy hay it can make her abort.

Another problem is a lot of guys store their rounds outside.  Even if they're net wrapped, you still get a couple of inches of crust on the outside.

I look for hay that was made dry and stored inside.

Handling and storing them can be an issue.  You either need a tractor with a loader bucket and bale point, or forks or a bale spear on the back, although it is possible to roll them off the trailer right into the paddock if they are pretty round.

Prices are starting to drop a little bit.  These guys that were holding out for $150 a bale are getting antsy because there are very few takers. I've seen some out here priced between $75 and $100 bucks, depending on size and quality.

I suggest going to craigslist.org for your area.  Click on Farm/Garden and enter round bale as your search term.

Good luck!



One of the best and most informative posts ever written on this site.  Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 02:41:01 PM »

One of the best and most informative posts ever written on this site.  Thanks.
Thanks for the kind words, LW!
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2013, 02:48:01 PM »

very good info bernie
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 03:05:58 PM »

very good info bernie
Thanks, MD
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 04:21:27 PM »

Another source for finding hay is the classified ad section in Agrinews.  www.agrinews-pubs.com   
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2013, 07:18:50 PM »

check on the corkboard or ask at your local mill/co-op. i found some nice 2nd cut for $25 each with ability to hand pick. under roof but not enclosed.very little grass. good luck to ya!
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2013, 03:09:52 AM »

No body begrudges any farmer trying to get the best price possible for his product  u just can't blame them .

The more farmers continue to sale their product to large hay and grain buyers that have foreign currency backing their buisness to process the hay and goes to foreign countries we will continue to watch prices soar.

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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2013, 02:23:53 PM »

Actually i am looking for for a cow. Saving all the hay we grew for horses. Thanks for all the info. Very helpful.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2013, 09:37:07 PM »

thanks posters you have solved my problem thanks o&s.owe ya one
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2013, 11:19:04 AM »

thanks posters you have solved my problem thanks o&s.owe ya one
My pleasure, GRANDPA.

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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2013, 12:33:54 PM »

Round bales are hollowed out and used to transport moonshine over state lines !!!
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013, 12:58:17 PM »

o&s i know you can i'll try to keep up.
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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2013, 03:54:05 PM »

Round bales are hollowed out and used to transport moonshine over state lines !!!
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The bananna moonshine with a oat alphalfa chaserwooooweeee!
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2013, 04:37:59 PM »

The bananna moonshine with a oat alphalfa chaserwooooweeee!
Now you got it going !!!!
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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2013, 04:50:01 PM »

The bananna moonshine with a oat alphalfa chaserwooooweeee!


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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2013, 05:12:51 PM »

Hayexchange.com

Another source for finding hay is the classified ad section in Agrinews.  www.agrinews-pubs.com   
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