2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

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2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:48 pm

Hay prices here have been trending up here since last summer. Folks expect hay prices to drop (a little) this year. Talking heads are projecting an average reduction of $10/ton for hay. That is still too high for my budget. :( What adjustments are you making to prepare for overwintering during 2019-2020?


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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Lucky_P » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:56 pm

Cutting numbers by 40-50% - if we don't get out altogether.
Did not re-breed any Fall calvers to keep... low-end of the Fall-calving group has been with the bull since 1 Nov and will be sold as soon as we wean calves. Top end Fall calvers will be rolling to Spring-calving herd.
Low end and OLD Spring-calvers will be sold this fall.

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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Aaron » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:01 pm

Can't see prices dropping. Herds keep getting bigger and newly cleared fields are going into crop, not forage. Oldtimers still holding on and unless you see a big exodus of them in the next two years, with buyers keeping those fields in forage, I can't see much changing. Problem is most of the buyers want to put those old fields into crop, so it will only make things worse. Neighbor nearby doesn't want to hassle with working up, fertilizing, cover crop/seeding down old fields, so he is slowly renting out 20 acres here and there to crop guys for 3 years to work ground up proper for eventually seeding down ask to grass. But the 3 years in between can narrow the excess hay supply for sure.
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:26 pm

There always seems to be an excess of folks who will lose money for the purpose of driving a shiny JD. Go figure. I need to buy a better no till planter or go crop cold turkey. Hummm.

Meanwhile back at the ranch - - I back calculated a stocking rate to project a small hay surplus. Could cut as much as a third of the cow herd. Cull'in down is hard to do. Thinking about a red cow dispersal, or writing a country song. ;-)
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by TexasBred » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:36 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:26 pm
There always seems to be an excess of folks who will lose money for the purpose of driving a shiny JD. Go figure. I need to buy a better no till planter or go crop cold turkey. Hummm.

Meanwhile back at the ranch - - I back calculated a stocking rate to project a small hay surplus. Could cut as much as a third of the cow herd. Cull'in down is hard to do. Thinking about a red cow dispersal, or writing a country song. ;-)
Steve I have an old can of JD Green paint I can send you. NO idea where it came from because I've never owned one. :lol2:
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by ddd75 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:05 pm

i should have 2 months hay leftover this year. going to fertilize the same amount.

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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Ebenezer » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:19 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:26 pm
There always seems to be an excess of folks who will lose money for the purpose of driving a shiny JD. Go figure. I need to buy a better no till planter or go crop cold turkey. Hummm.

Meanwhile back at the ranch - - I back calculated a stocking rate to project a small hay surplus. Could cut as much as a third of the cow herd. Cull'in down is hard to do. Thinking about a red cow dispersal, or writing a country song. ;-)
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I'm drillin' seeds and don't want no mo' hay
And hopin' tomorrow my bills go away

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I don't want no extra hay to stack
Let cows graze and get big and fat
I can get along with that.

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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by talltimber » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:45 am

:clap: There you go, SS

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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:00 am

Mighty fine. Maybe we should start performing some country rap on the CMAs.
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Banjo » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:02 am

What about making silage? don't know how much tonnage you can get from corn silage but I'm sure its quite a bit. Got a buddy of mine buying silage and feeding his cows, says its cheaper than hay which is getting high and hard to find.

That's my opinion.....feel free to make it yours.

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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:17 am

Silage is often cheaper to obtain, but it takes more equipment and labor to feed it. Canadians seem to love grazing standing corn. I don't think they have to worry about acidosis or mud in the far north.

I graze pairs on a SS based cover crop mix on my bale grazed ground each fall. DM production is high, but honest grazing utilization is only 20 to 30%. So about half the benefit is a longer term soil thing.
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Bigfoot » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:29 pm

Lucky_P wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:56 pm
Cutting numbers by 40-50% - if we don't get out altogether.
Did not re-breed any Fall calvers to keep... low-end of the Fall-calving group has been with the bull since 1 Nov and will be sold as soon as we wean calves. Top end Fall calvers will be rolling to Spring-calving herd.
Low end and OLD Spring-calvers will be sold this fall.
Typed it 5 different times, and still sounds like a nosey question, but is this reduction due to hay scarcity? I ask because I’m fighting the same demon.
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by bigbluegrass » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:55 pm

I am going to attempt to "kick the hay habit". I think it will take at least three years. Next year I hope I can graze stockpiled grass until January and cut my hay cost in half. The year after, hopefully I can make it until February. The third year I am hoping not to need hay. I plan to build a hay barn in the next three years to store what I hope is an emergency storage of hay for a drought year or when the grass doesn't stockpile so well.

I may need to cull some cows along the way.
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by kenny thomas » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:22 pm

bigbluegrass wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:55 pm
I am going to attempt to "kick the hay habit". I think it will take at least three years. Next year I hope I can graze stockpiled grass until January and cut my hay cost in half. The year after, hopefully I can make it until February. The third year I am hoping not to need hay. I plan to build a hay barn in the next three years to store what I hope is an emergency storage of hay for a drought year or when the grass doesn't stockpile so well.

I may need to cull some cows along the way.
Good to plan but also plan that it's really hard to get past 10 months. It can be done but in the plan figure for 2 months of hay available if needed.
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Re: 2019-2020 Hay Pricing ?

Post by Fire Sweep Ranch » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:02 pm

We picked up another 40 acres, so I hope to be able to cut hay for myself (will hire someone). This last year about killed us paying too much for junk hay. If I hire someone to cut mine, it will be better hay. I hate selling the cows.... mine I all want!
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