Custom haying - how much to charge?

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Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:16 pm

I’m having a local farmer cut, rake, and bale 5 acres of my parents property. He is charging $35 a round bale (4x5) and I am curious if that is reasonable?



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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by HDRider » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:21 pm

I pay $15

You can buy good hay here for $35 to $40
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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by skyhightree1 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:24 pm

I hate haying so much that id be willing to pay 50.00 bale not to have to do it.
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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by 1982vett » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:26 pm

$35 sounds high but it is only 5 acres.....

No way would I crank the tractor fo $15
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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by Hogtiming » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:00 pm

28-32 is the going rate here and that’s for 5x5.5-6. 4x5 is 23-25. Prices vary depending on teddin.

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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:17 pm

I thought it was a bit much, but messing with only 5 acres has to bring a premium. It jumped $10 a bale over last year. Might have to shop around.

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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by Brute 23 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:05 pm

If he is good and treats you right.. Yes, it is. If you don't believe me go buy the equipment and do it yourself or go through the hassle of buying hay. You will pay more than some one who cuts 300 bales because he has to move all the equipment in and get rigged up for so few bales. There are people who bale who charge a minimum, as they should.

I pay 28$ for big, string wrapped, bales and he usually gets to me with in a week or so of calling. He jumps on it no matter if its a going to be a good cutting or not.
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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by True Grit Farms » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:10 pm

It really depends on how many rolls he cuts. You can't run equipment for less than $50 dollars a hour. A 10 acre field takes me 12+ hours to cut, tedder, rake and bale. My time, fuel and equipment has to be worth $50 dollars a hour minimum? I bought a 100 rolls of peanut hay, and 50 rolls of year old barn stored Tif 85 horse hay for a lot less than what he's charging you per bale. But I have to haul it 40 miles with my truck and trailer.
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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by MtnCows93 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:12 pm

seems way high to me but i guess it depends on your area, here i can buy 4x4 rolls $15, 5x4 $25 and some farmers will cut it on halves if you fertilize it, i only make small squares and sell all i can $3.50 a bale and take that money and buy rounds

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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by snoopdog » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:52 pm

That sounds a little high , but as mentioned small fields bring a premium for custom work. Especially if it's not fertilized , moving and setting up equipment isn't fun , a guy has to make a living .
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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by kenny thomas » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:15 pm

Good 4x5 hay is $25 here. If you can just graze it and buy your hay.
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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by chevytaHOE5674 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:27 pm

I do a lot of custom baling 4x5 net wrapped bales and if I could charge 35 a bale Id be rich... lol.

Look at the MSU extension custom farming rate sheet the state high price was like 30 a bale and the low was 10 a bale in 2017 iirc.

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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by sstterry » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:29 am

skyhightree1 wrote:I hate haying so much that id be willing to pay 50.00 bale not to have to do it.


Let me load my equipment and I will be right there..... :D

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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by ddd75 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:46 am

i wouldn't even do your field because I wouldn't feel like bringing over everything for that much.

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Re: Custom haying - how much to charge?

Post by True Grit Farms » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:57 am

ddd75 wrote:i wouldn't even do your field because I wouldn't feel like bringing over everything for that much.


Might be why the price is $35 a roll.
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