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Postby TANGLES123 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:44 pm

We will be moving to San Antonio in the next month and wondered about how much to expect to pay for hay there. We have 50lb square bales here for around 2.00 a bale for a good grassy mix. A big huge round bale of mixed is about 40.00. Anybody know how much hay is there and if it's readily available?
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Postby Running Arrow Bill » Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:47 pm

Tangles...Welcome to Texas!

Hate to disillusion you...however,

Bring as much hay as you can carry from Illinois to Texas... ;-)

When you can find quality hay in Texas expect to pay $5.00 to $7.50 for a 50-60# small square bale of quality bermuda and upwards to $10.00 for a small square of alfalfa (60-70#).

The Feed Stores have been charging $8.00 to $12.00 a bale for small squares.

Large round bales 5x5 and 5x6 (1000 to 1500#, depending on type of hay) of bermuda going for $80 to $120 a bale for quality hay with higher prices for equivalent poundage at feed stores. (Note: some feedstores are selling "small" 4x4 and 4x5 round bales for the larger prices. Some will also sell lightweight small squares (40-50#) that "appear" to be full size but are not.) Buyer beware...

Hay prices speculated for 2007 may be between $175 and $300 a ton depending on rain, fertilizer, irrigation costs, baling costs, fuel costs, etc. This is anyone's guess. In some cases, "junk" hay is being sold for similar issues...

In 2006 our hay prices DOUBLED over what we were paying in 2005...don't expect much relief for 2007.

Now...cattle and horses need 12-14% protein hay or pasture to keep their condition good. Anything less than 10% you'll be feeding supplements to maintain their condition.

The "haygrazer" (sorgham sp.) of hay has been running in the $60 to $80 a round bale, depending on quality.

If you have to have hay trucked in to your place, expect to pay up to $3.50 a loaded one-way mile.

Caveat: Buying POOR quality or MARGINAL hay is NOT cost-effective. You may get trash, weeds, late cuttings that are stemmy, and other problems.

Most of hay fed in Texas appears to be Bermuda, Alfalfa, Prairie Hay, Sorghram Species, and mixtures. There are some other varieties that are being baled and fed I think in the Eastern half and SE quadrant of Texas.

Another note: Prices of hay "in the field" (you may have to load and haul yourself) are obviously cheaper than those stored at the producer's place or barn. If you need it hauled and stacked to your place, expect to pay up to $1.00 a small square bale for the workers to load and unload/stack your hay at your place (plus any hauling costs, of course).

Warning: Some of hay produced in Texas are in "fireant" areas. Be sure to check this out and try to avoid any hay from those areas or fields. (State of Texas has a listing of fireant quarantined areas--go to their website).

Hope this info helps!
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Postby Hipy » Wed May 30, 2007 11:01 am

go to has a local SA based forum board. Ask there and you can get more specific places to buy/prices etc.
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