Buying first load of hay tomorrow for the year

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I talked to a local producer on Saturday. He has gone up from $40/roll to $60 this year. He said that when is all said and done he will have more than $50 in each roll. He also bales over 2,000 square bales of Orchard grass. He is going up to $10 per bale. But that is mainly horse hay and to quote him "The price is the last thing that horse people ask".
 

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Grass hay prices have gone higher here than they were this winter. A very late spring and low hay inventory and many droughty pastures were overgrazed last year...

A lot of our midsized TMR herds truck in some of their winter feed. Beet byproduct is still available, but $5.40 diesel is causing pain. I don't think this model will work well this year for those who are not close to a sugar plant.

Bred prices have not jumped up like many expected. I think folks are holding, until they know what their 2022-2023 hay inventory is. My base plan is to reduce the herd 15 to 20% more this fall. Prevent plant is a wild card.
 
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I have seen a little alfalfa hitting the ground. The rumor is they are asking $300 a ton fob the stack. It takes roughly 2 ton per cow here for the winter. I don't care who is pushing the pencil that just doesn't work.
 

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I have seen a little alfalfa hitting the ground. The rumor is they are asking $300 a ton fob the stack. It takes roughly 2 ton per cow here for the winter. I don't care who is pushing the pencil that just doesn't work.
What kind of cows get alfalfa hay?
 

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What kind of cows get alfalfa hay?
Here they get 5-10 pounds of Alfalfa a day. The rest is grass hay or some other edible form of roughage. Our cheapest source of protein by a long ways. Lots of alfalfa raised under irrigation in rotation with potatoes. The best of it goes to export or dairies. But a lot ends up being feeder quality (rained on, stemy, over ripe, etc.) that goes to the beef cows.
 

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Wow at $25 a roll id buy everything I could and keep my equipment parked if possible. Last year I was selling 4x5s for double that, and this year will be even more. Hes losing money for sure.
 

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