Another Hay Man bits the Dust

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Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Stocker Steve » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:50 pm

A 71 year old custom haying bachelor neighbor passed last week. His drinking buddies missed him at the VFW, drove out and looked in the windows, to find him dead on the bathroom floor... RIP.

We only have one hay man left in the area now and he is 68. I am going to have to breed some of those cows that don't need any hay.


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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by M-5 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:05 pm

Sad but sounds like an opportunity
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Caustic Burno » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:36 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:50 pm
A 71 year old custom haying bachelor neighbor passed last week. His drinking buddies missed him at the VFW, drove out and looked in the windows, to find him dead on the bathroom floor... RIP.

We only have one hay man left in the area now and he is 68. I am going to have to breed some of those cows that don't need any hay.

My hay man is 71 and the youngster.
Hay is going to be the money in a few years IMO.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Bright Raven » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:58 pm

I just had Elwood start bringing my hay yesterday. He is 74.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Hootowl » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:20 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
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I just had Elwood start bringing my hay yesterday. He is 74.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Stocker Steve » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:49 pm

Some guys are orgasmic here over $4 corn and plowing up hay meadows. I was never very good at dirt surfing. May have to build another hay shed.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by pdfangus » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:05 am

hay making around here is about the only profitable enterprise any more.....to do it right is pretty equipment intensive though....this year hay prices were through the roof because of the lousy hay making weather year last year. This year is a little better...a lot of the former dairy farmers are in the hay business big time...straw baling is also big time....big demand for straw...

I know one operation that has cows as a use for his non horse hay....stuff that they have to round bale and wrap to get ahead of rain is what he feeds cows....actually pretty good feed..he also sells a good bit of it as cow hay.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:19 am

Semi retired ex dairy guys used to be most of hay men around here too, but that second career tends to be short. Either the hay man or his hay equipment wear out.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by pdfangus » Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:21 am

the guys who do hay around here are not small....multiple mowers, multiple balers...multiple self propelled stack wagons...nothing is touched by hand until delivery to the smaller customers.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by SmokinM » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:55 pm

pdfangus wrote:
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the guys who do hay around here are not small....multiple mowers, multiple balers...multiple self propelled stack wagons...nothing is touched by hand until delivery to the smaller customers.
I know those Smith boys sure have a lot tied up in their deal. Hope it has been worth the investment. A lot of my customers use them.

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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:21 pm

pdfangus wrote:
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the guys who do hay around here are not small....multiple mowers, multiple balers...multiple self propelled stack wagons...nothing is touched by hand until delivery to the smaller customers.
I have Ma stack bales on the hay rack. The haying tractor is just too big for her to handle. ;-)
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by SmokinM » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:04 pm

I have Ma stack bales on the hay rack. The haying tractor is just too big for her to handle. ;-)
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They are doing a family reunion this year when we come up in July, so by mid week I will be begging to come be free hayfield help with that many in-laws around!

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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by pdfangus » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:51 pm

SmokinM wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:55 pm
pdfangus wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:21 am
the guys who do hay around here are not small....multiple mowers, multiple balers...multiple self propelled stack wagons...nothing is touched by hand until delivery to the smaller customers.
I know those Smith boys sure have a lot tied up in their deal. Hope it has been worth the investment. A lot of my customers use them.
There are five different bands of Smiths right around me in the hay business, and they are all related
And all alternately work together and as competition......all good farmers and good folks
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Aaron » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:23 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:19 am
Semi retired ex dairy guys used to be most of hay men around here too, but that second career tends to be short. Either the hay man or his hay equipment wear out.
Hay equipment wearing out should not be an issue. Replacement cost factored into every bale produced, with automatic replacement after say 5 years, maybe sooner depending on annual production. If they can't figure that out, it's no wonder they are where they are, in life.
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Re: Another Hay Man bits the Dust

Post by Aaron » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:33 am

Aaron wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:23 am
Stocker Steve wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:19 am
Semi retired ex dairy guys used to be most of hay men around here too, but that second career tends to be short. Either the hay man or his hay equipment wear out.
Hay equipment wearing out should not be an issue. Replacement cost factored into every bale produced, with automatic replacement after say 5 years, maybe sooner depending on annual production. If they can't figure that out, it's no wonder they are where they are, in life.
I should add, these are the same people that were selling hay for $30 a round this past winter. No friggin' clue on costs or value.

I socked the fertilizer to 2 particular poor fields yesterday where the per acre cost will be in the $50 US/acre area. If I luck out, it will still cost $10 US per bale in fertilizer, probably closer to $15.
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