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How much are you paying for hay?

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Saggyoldclothcatpuss Mon 06-Jun-11 17:15:48

Just that, I was wondering, we aren't over £5 for a small bale yet, but I have heard horror stories!

LisaD1 Mon 06-Jun-11 18:36:38

£6.50 a bale, have been paying that for 6 months plus, we're in Surrey.

Mirage Mon 06-Jun-11 18:38:25

It was £3.50 a bale.My dad is a farmer and no longer does small bales,so I have to buy them elsewhere now.I don't know what it will be this year.

WorzselMummage Mon 06-Jun-11 18:40:31

£6.50 a bale! shock

I've just remembered the reason I no longer have a pony!

Pixel Mon 06-Jun-11 20:39:57

Managed to get a few little ones for £7 a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday we got a big square bale, it was £55.

maybells Mon 06-Jun-11 21:29:18

we have ad lib hay was £1 per which is good buts gone up 2 £75 a month, when my pony only has 1lb of hay as she is laminitic its a rip off!!!! small balls r £5 but will prob go up

cedmonds Mon 06-Jun-11 22:06:47

About £ 7.50 a bale its just gone up and they only let us has 5 at a time[shocked]

elastamum Mon 06-Jun-11 22:10:37

£6.50 a bale in Derbyshire

MitchiestInge Mon 06-Jun-11 22:22:11

£20 for the enormous, size of my house, round bale. But am not using at moment, in winter we'll pay £10 per horse per month for farmer to hay the field - not sure what impact current drought will have on that, last winter's prices.

MitchiestInge Mon 06-Jun-11 22:23:15

Tell me these prices are not for the little bales, the sort you can lift manually?

LisaD1 Mon 06-Jun-11 22:30:30

Yep, Mitchie, my cost is for the small bales.

Thankfully, we have 3 acres and 2 very good-doers (1 is prone to laminitus) who have been out 24/7 since end of March and will stay out until September time. I've ordered enough hay to last this winter.

I remember the good old days of a couple of pounds a bale...

Pixel Mon 06-Jun-11 23:13:19

We have started putting away some money each week (£5 each, me, mum and sis), hopefully we won't miss that amount now and it will give us a fund for hay for the winter. Otherwise I don't think we will be able to manage the way things are going.

Jajas Mon 06-Jun-11 23:15:17

£5 per bale, very good hay. Worried about next winter as haven't got enough storage to get more than 70 bales of hay and straw in at a time.

Pixel Mon 06-Jun-11 23:17:41

We had to have our huge bales on pallets under tarpaulin last year which wasn't ideal but we had the consolation that they were too big to steal!

maybells Tue 07-Jun-11 09:16:11

we produce all our own hay and the farmer tried to get a 2and cut for haylage last year and only got 5 bales from one field, not even worth it!!!(the yard has 50 horses)
i really dnt knw how we r going 2 manage this year with 2 elderly horses one retired laminitic, we cnt sell them or put out on loan. we had an awful sharer this year who treated my mare like crap just hammered her.
HARD TIMES AHEAD!!!

cedmonds Tue 07-Jun-11 17:51:02

yes mitchie it is for the smallbales itsabout £40 for a round bale around here.

Butkin Wed 08-Jun-11 12:36:43

We found it very hard to source small bales last year. We got some straight from a field early on but subsequent bought hay came in huge round bales which were a pain because we had to break them open to get them into our storage (through a normal door).

We're hopeful we'll last until the new hay arrives but dreading what it'll cost and how available it will be. Hoping our usual suppliers will look after their regular clients (us!) first.

CailinBainne Wed 08-Jun-11 21:44:13

Blimey !!

Paid €3 (in Ireland) a bale last October and that was delivered. Second cut, absolutely gorgeous hay.
Sadly mine live out all year round so went onto haylage for winter and I was paying €30 a round bale and throwing at least a third to half away because of mould each time

cedmonds Wed 08-Jun-11 22:30:44

We went somewhere today and they wanted £8.25 per small bale collected[shocked]

ManateeEquineOhara Fri 10-Jun-11 07:31:26

I bought a small bale for £6 this week. But that was from the garden centre which are usually about a pound more than the horsey place. It is for my guineas rather than the mare who doesn't need any hay in summer, so I don't mind the cost now. In winter I will :-/

SilverSky Sun 12-Jun-11 18:34:23

£5 a sml bale, £35 for large bale. £8 a sml haylage and £25 for large bale and £50 for extra large. All from farmer who grows his own. I can barely afford to feed my hoss!!

happyjules Tue 14-Jun-11 23:27:55

Gets ready to duck. Very fortunate here. Hay/haylage and straw all inclusive on diy livery cost here@£35 pw. The haylage is amazing. My 16 hand tb has had no hard feed at all in the year we have been here and looks fab!

Amieesmum Wed 15-Jun-11 23:17:36

7.50 per bale in beds (small bales)

SilverSky Wed 15-Jun-11 23:35:47

jules where are you and any spaces?grin

happyjules Fri 17-Jun-11 00:26:46

I'm in not so sunny east Cornwall and the owner can usually find or make space even if her own end in make shift pens! 'tis a fab yard I'm always raving about it.

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