I run old equipment also and am a small operation. My 5x5's are twine rolled and packed tight. I cut mixed grass hay on small 2-5 acre fields locally and haul to my yard. I sell off the yard and load on their trucks. All of my customers come with small trailers and take 2 or 3 at a time.
I had one guy buy 11 from one field and he took all day hauling them a few at a time. As to marketing , my 16yo daughter (and hay partner) posted on craigslist that we were rolling hay and he called and hauled as we were rolling.
I can sell all I make most years.
My costs are right at $5 a bale for fuel only and I sell them for $35 a bale. You need to have more margin in your pricing to cover your maint and replacement costs on your equipment. I keep good records on maint costs so I know what I need to price at to make a profit.
This post was edited by Hogleg at 05:18:18 12/21/12 2 times.
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