ddg1263":1wu3zngn said:If you are buying hay @ $75 plus feeding grain you will be wasting money.
Well when you are paying 1000 dollars a ton for fertilizer it does not take much to add up. I noticed a bunch of hay farmers buying cattle this past winter because no one would buy their hay, and they did not want to loose their crop so they bought some cows and fed out this winter. And I have seen a cattle farmer try to make it through the year with out hay because it was too expensive. The buzzards were circling their place this past year, and they looked extremely emancipated, body frame of 1. I harvested my hay this past year and even with no cost in my labor, I still had a big price in my hay costs. Times are hard for sure.
Everyone I know who is solvent is feeding hay and supplementing some all stock/pellet feed to carry cows through during the winter. Especially when you are trying to make sure your cattle get pregnant. I have found that if you get to cheap in some of your supplements, it will cost you in the long run. I don’t know maybe I am doing things all wrong, but I bet when all is added up my input cost will as efficient as anyone in this state. I just think times are bad, and that is what everyone is telling me.
If my pasture don't start growing soon, I may have to emancipate some of my cows. Bet the neighbors will love that. Couldn't resist just had to say this. ;-)