Price for cutting and baling hay

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Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by AZAggie » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:30 pm

I have a friend that is buying a place just about a mile down the road from where I live. I have all of my cutting/baling equipment at the house currently. He is wanting a price to cut and bale 40 acres of grass hay. I'm new to this, so I am not sure what the going rate would be. Any suggestions? I told him I would do it for a portion of the hay, but he's not sure he will have enough to get through the year, so he just wants to pay cash.


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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by Bright Raven » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:54 pm

It goes from $20 to $25 here in Kentucky.
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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by bball » Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:49 pm

My second cutting run me $22.80 a bale. You can drive costs down a smidge if you ted and rake for yourself here.
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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by TCRanch » Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:56 pm

We pay $30 per acre to swath & bale.

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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by JMJ Farms » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:10 pm

I pay $18-$20 per roll here, depending on who I use. Both bale 4x6 rolls net wrapped.
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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by bird dog » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:46 pm

I pay $24. 4 x 5.5 Net wrapped.
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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:43 pm

I’m paying $35 a roll. Wish it was lower but I’ve only got 5 acres.

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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by Workinonit Farm » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:50 pm

What size roll are you all quoting prices for? 4x4, 4x5, 5x5? Netwrap or strings?
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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by BC » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:11 pm

Going rate around here is $25 per bale (4 x 5) for turnkey cut, rake and bale with netwrap

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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by TCRanch » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:16 am

Workinonit Farm wrote:What size roll are you all quoting prices for? 4x4, 4x5, 5x5? Netwrap or strings?

Generally 5x6, average 1200+ lbs, net wrap. Brome, bermuda & prairie (and whatever junk we could scrounge up this year).

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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by Rajela » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:12 am

Check at the local feed store or equipment dealer about who is custom baling in your area, then call them and ask what they are charging. I charge $20 for a 4x5 roll in SE Okla but across the river in Texas it is more like $22 to $25. so every local is different.

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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by Texasmark » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 am

It's $24 last count 4x6 net wrapped.

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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by shaz » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:18 am

I'm paying 18 per roll 4x5
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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by AZAggie » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:42 am

Workinonit Farm wrote:What size roll are you all quoting prices for? 4x4, 4x5, 5x5? Netwrap or strings?

They will be 5x5 net wrapped bales.
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Re: Price for cutting and baling hay

Post by AZAggie » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:45 am

Thanks everyone for the input. You have all been a big help.
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