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Speaking of Hay

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wolfman

02-13-2018 18:45:49




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Is it a local thing or much the same elsewhere? Around here in southwest PA hay isn't moving. I'm sitting on 8000 squares and 100 rounds and winter is past half over. Some old customers have died off, others sold their herd or flock. Haven't advertised hard but might have to or just cut back and go to tractor shows. We need tractors that eat hay.




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BarnyardEngineering

02-15-2018 11:44:28




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
The key is getting it on a truck and getting it where it needs to go.

So, who has a truck?



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Shetland Sheepdog

02-15-2018 07:05:47




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Prolly a different deal! The buyer, I'm thinking of, is in Groton, MA, and hauls in from NY, but prolly more from the southern tier.



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part time pete

02-14-2018 09:46:09




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Shetland,
They're in NY - up by Cazenovia, but they truck it out to Mass
Pete



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Shetland Sheepdog

02-14-2018 08:08:58




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Pete, where in MA is your buyer located?



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Dave H (MI)

02-14-2018 07:02:23




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Bad advertising. If it still does not sell, overpriced. I couldn't cut enough last year. Sold out in a couple weeks. Not like that every year.



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lenray

02-14-2018 06:48:36




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
A neighbor of mine rebaled a lot of broken bales and sold them at the Clare stockyards on Monday for 4.50 per bale....



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rrlund

02-14-2018 06:56:58




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to lenray, 02-14-2018 06:48:36  
I didn't watch it sell Monday in St Louis,but according to the website,squares brought $3.50-8.25 Rounds brought $42-70. There was a big load of rounds with net wrap sitting at Farm and Home when we stopped in there after a stop at Pizza Hut.



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NY 986

02-14-2018 05:51:52




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
The area farm paper has 3X the usual amount of "hay for sale" ads for this time of year. I need more diversity in my crop rotation but I can't afford to carry hay from year to year.



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rrlund

02-14-2018 06:29:58




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to NY 986, 02-14-2018 05:51:52  
I'm sure glad I had a lot of carryover. Last years dry weather and beat up pastures has me burning through it at record pace. If I'd only fed what I put up last year it'd be gone already.



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NY 986

02-14-2018 06:37:41




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to rrlund, 02-14-2018 06:29:58  
I am not carrying any animals. Many years ago I had the conversation with the wife and father about having cattle with me working off the farm. It boiled down to if the cows got out or needed to be fed it would have to wait until I got home. Having cows would have been one more headache given the family's feelings about cows.



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rrlund

02-14-2018 06:44:31




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to NY 986, 02-14-2018 06:37:41  
Ya,if you're selling it all,no sense carrying any over. A old guy told me a long time ago though,to never sell any hay as long as you have cattle. You might not need it this year,but you will eventually.

I fed some stuff last fall that had almost become a part of the landscape. It was some poor hay that had been rained on then baled wet to get it off the field. I don't even know how long it'd been sitting in the fencerow. There was 28 bales of it. I brought it home and dumped 14 bales off to them on each side of the road. Within about four days,they had it pretty well cleaned up.

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jddrawbar

02-14-2018 08:06:43




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to rrlund, 02-14-2018 06:44:31  
Those cows were HUNGRY! Sad to say, mine would not lay on hay like that.



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rrlund

02-14-2018 08:44:12




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to jddrawbar, 02-14-2018 08:06:43  
I'd tried feeding it before and they wouldn't touch it,that's why it was still out there. Sad state of affairs that we ended up so dry that they actually would.



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wvfarmboy

02-14-2018 05:27:25




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
some years hay sells better than outhers depends on weather here in wv we still have at least 60 more days to feed hay sells best in march when everyone runs out, i have 300 rounds i hope to move.



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Tx Jim

02-14-2018 04:49:06




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
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Lanse

Where exactly are you seeing hay for sale? Hay for sale has become scare around me. I would like to buy sme more.

Thanks,Jim



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Lanse

02-14-2018 11:41:19




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to Tx Jim, 02-14-2018 04:49:06  
Johnson County Texas



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Tx Jim

02-15-2018 10:18:35




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to Lanse, 02-14-2018 11:41:19  
Lanse
Could you please state where you've seen this hay for sale in Johnson Co. TX?
Thanks,Jim



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showcrop

02-14-2018 04:47:27




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
My hay for this coming year is already sold. I sell it out of the field. I don't even touch most of it. Since I cut back I have to be a little sharper in managing it, because I have only six customers now, where I used to have maybe ten. Last year I called my two largest customers early in the spring to make sure that they will still going to pick up and still take the same amounts, so that if they weren't I could find a new customer. Over the thirty years that I have been producing I have had many customers move away or sell their animals, or find a better deal elsewhere, or die. I don't just leave it to chance.

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Fred Goodrich

02-14-2018 04:41:18




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Bought a load of nice 2nd for 1.50 at local consignment sale Sat, hay just isn't moving right now.



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part time pete

02-14-2018 04:20:40




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
I have one buyer that takes all my good hay out to Massachusetts (I'm in Central NY). I've sent out 5 semi loads so far - there's one left in the barn, but the driveway is so icy, we can't get the truck backed up it.
The weather wasn't great in June and July for first cutting, but a lot of nice second cutting was made in September and October
Pete



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Keith Molden

02-14-2018 03:32:10




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Here in S.E. Ohio everybody that can get a tractor and baler put hay up last summer and now have mixed grass hay for sale, some for 2.00 a bale. I didn't bale as much squares as I usually do but I'v sold all of mine and I'm down to about 10-15 4x4 rounds in the building that I want to sell. The rest is for my horses. Those that sell for 2.00 have never and probably won't put any fert or lime on those fields and are the ones that think mixed grass includes weeds and briars. They usually go out of business in a year or two when people won't buy their hay. Keith

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Bruce from Can.

02-14-2018 03:26:58




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Lots of hay on the market here in Ontario , most of it is junk . Too much rain last summer, made for poor conditions for curing hay for dry bales. Lots of hay was baled tough , or after being rained on.



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randy1

02-14-2018 02:02:52




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
HI I'AM in western pa I buy round all year round for horses and 600 sq for in barn, I have good supplier who dont mind loading 2 at a time on my truck, I get 2 loads the day I haul.. ck your prices, alot of people up this way are looking for hay.



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dopp creek

02-13-2018 21:51:57




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
My last eight tons of small squares left this week here in NW Oregon. Cheap stuff went for 140/ton; the best sold for 180/ton. Typically I have some in the barn through April. I can clean it out early this year and make some repairs/improvements before we start again in May.



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DeltaRed

02-13-2018 21:27:58




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Bring it to western Colorado. Due to a hard late May freeze,and the a bad 'bug' infestation first cut was short to none. Other cuttings were short too.We need hay,as there is little to be had.



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James Howell

02-13-2018 21:11:38




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Sold all of our hay in late December.

Long time customer bought all the Coastal Bermuda round bales before the first cutting.

Sold a lot of Pensacola/Tifton 9 Bahiagrass bales to other long time customers.

Sold last 90 bales to a new customer in December.

Normally all the round bales are sold within about 2 weeks of cutting.

Almost forgot to mention that our farm is in NE Texas.



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Traditional Farmer

02-13-2018 20:29:56




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Local buy-sell-trade paper is full of hay for sale,seems to be a lot more hay and a lot less critters to eat it.I make way more than I need still have a few 2016 bales left to go.



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Brendon Warren

02-13-2018 19:19:49




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
I sold out a month ago. We had a very wet summer and it was hard to put up good hay. I could've sold a lot more if I had it. Mine were all small squares. There are lots of late September round bales to be had. I'm in NNY. Most of my hay went to New Hampshire.



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Ray Tractor

02-13-2018 19:07:08




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
We are short on hay here in Indiana, with the colder than normal winter. Everyone I know that sells it is out.



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730virgil

02-13-2018 21:02:05




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to Ray Tractor, 02-13-2018 19:07:08  
i'm told hay is getting hard to find here on il wi state line i thought i was sitting good in oct. now i don't know
still a long time until may 15 when i was hoping to (open the gate)



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Lanse

02-13-2018 19:06:09




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
Here in N Texas rounds are EVERYWHERE. I can drive 5 miles down the road and see 3-4 places selling them, and I'm not even looking. Even TSC has probably 10 for sale out front. I dont know much anyone wants or if they're actually moving them, but there doesnt *seem* to be a shortage around here.



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Texasmark1

02-14-2018 07:21:56




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to Lanse, 02-13-2018 19:06:09  
They are running $50-60 for 4x5 to 4x6 + delivery if needed, pasture hay and SS. SS usually fertilized, otherwise forget it for the most part. I checked on a Coastal 4x6 at TSC in Greenville the other day, just to get a number, and it was $100 minus a penny. I was sold out before Christmas. On the cows or hay that has been my story for 40 years. Decided I don't want to get into a corral with a bull any longer so cows went, as did the leased land, and now it's just hay.

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NEKS

02-13-2018 19:03:32




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 Re: Speaking of Hay in reply to wolfman, 02-13-2018 18:45:49  
In my area it was a little dry last summer. I always sold some hay to a dairy farm starting in late February. This year he called early December. I could of sold him over a 150 big bales if I could of found some.



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