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Hay Baled

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:39 pm
by Bfields30
About to get hay pasture fertilized and get pesticide put on it fertilizer guy told me should be able to get baled around June 15-20 acres. What do hay balers typically charge to bale by the bale per acre I’m curious. Cause I have neighbor that’s gonna lease me there place as well with about 20-25 acres and it’ll be ready by end of May to bale.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:51 pm
by kenny thomas
Too many unanswered questions. What size bale? Round or square? Are you cutting and raking? If round bales twine wrap or net wrap? Doubt anyone would bale by the acre.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:48 pm
by 5S Cattle
Round here it’s 35/bale for 5x5 net wrapped

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:50 pm
by Bfields30
kenny thomas wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:51 pm
Too many unanswered questions. What size bale? Round or square? Are you cutting and raking? If round bales twine wrap or net wrap? Doubt anyone would bale by the acre.
4x5 round bales older farmer down my road bales for a living gonna ask him and net wrap his. But what’s normally fair price or what people normally charge per bail ?

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:51 pm
by Bfields30
5S Cattle wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:48 pm
Round here it’s 35/bale for 5x5 net wrapped
35 dollars a bale to get baled or that’s what there selling for I’m in Winnsboro Tx east Tx I’m trying to see what’s good prices people charge to rake and bale the hay

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:29 pm
by gcreekrch
You can get good service, fast service and cheap service but you rarely will find all three in the same place.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:57 pm
by Silver
gcreekrch wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:29 pm
You can get good service, fast service and cheap service but you rarely will find all three in the same place.
When I was in another line of work I used to tell people they could have any two of the three options.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:37 am
by True Grit Farms
Silver wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:57 pm
gcreekrch wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:29 pm
You can get good service, fast service and cheap service but you rarely will find all three in the same place.
When I was in another line of work I used to tell people they could have any two of the three options.
With hay you'll be darn lucky to find someone who can or will do what they say. And if it's a good hay season forget it, they'll be behind.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:08 am
by JMJ Farms
Silver, I use that line very frequently.

I pay $18/bale to have 4x6 bales cut, raked, and net wrapped. (I also have fields that average 4 bales/acre per cutting. In sorry hay I would expect to pay more) Only way I could ever justify owning my own equipment would be to have it done exactly when I wanted it done.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:09 am
by Texasmark
True Grit Farms wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:37 am
Silver wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:57 pm
gcreekrch wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:29 pm
You can get good service, fast service and cheap service but you rarely will find all three in the same place.
When I was in another line of work I used to tell people they could have any two of the three options.
With hay you'll be darn lucky to find someone who can or will do what they say. And if it's a good hay season forget it, they'll be behind.
Exactly the reason I bought my own equipment early on. Other thing is they did minimum prep and max let it top out and mature good (to get a better yield) and cut it one day and that was it till a week later with 1 rake trip and the baler.

I think at today's selling prices, if sold late in the season where big bales brought $100, $35 for the complete baling function with a tight (heavy) 5x5-5x6 net wrap would be a deal.....figuring a 1600# roll of hay, 4x5s or 5x4s $25 with net wrap a plus since it resists weathering much better.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:12 am
by bird dog
Probably $25 per roll if it will put out about two rolls or more per acre. That is 4 x 5 1/2 net wrapped.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:16 am
by Lucky
I’m in East Tx and it’s generally around $28 cut, raked, and baled in net wrap. If the fields make less than a bale and a half to the acre prices may go up a little. I’d be more concerned about finding someone to cut 20 acres if it’s something that needs cut on a deadline. Hopefully you can find someone baling in the area.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:13 am
by Brute 23
$25-30 range her for round bales

Always call a week or two before you want your hay cut to allow for a little lag or start checking in with your person to see how long of a list they have several weeks in advance.

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:11 am
by Bfields30
Lucky wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:16 am
I’m in East Tx and it’s generally around $28 cut, raked, and baled in net wrap. If the fields make less than a bale and a half to the acre prices may go up a little. I’d be more concerned about finding someone to cut 20 acres if it’s something that needs cut on a deadline. Hopefully you can find someone baling in the area.I’m hoping for a good cutting hopefully June

Re: Hay Baled

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:20 am
by Bfields30
I was gonna sell whatever the first cutting gave me and keep whatever the second cutting brought.