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Cattle Hay #7219525 07/09/18 04:32 PM
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Well, all my contacts dried up or are price gouging bad. Not sure what I'm going to do about cattle hay this year, I guess just pray for rain and sell some older cows. I was promised 2 loads from one guy now he won't answer his phone or call me back. Had another guy promise me 1 load and same deal. The other two guys I know, one is keeping all his hay for himself and the other is doubling his original price he quoted me.

Well, so it goes I guess. Maybe we'll have a wet warm winter and I won't need any hay, about all I can hope for now. I try to keep 2 years worth and I did buy extra last year, just ended up going through most of it due to the drought.


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I feel you. Started hauling off cattle yesterday. We have hay stored but it doesn't keep you from worrying.

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Lot of 2-3 yr old hay down south of San Antonio and with recent rains they should get a cutting soon. A few areas that got May rains got an early cutting also. Shipping would cost you more than hay.


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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Lot of 2-3 yr old hay down south of San Antonio and with recent rains they should get a cutting soon. A few areas that got May rains got an early cutting also. Shipping would cost you more than hay.
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Yea that's the deal, shipping kills you.


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Drought plus higher fuel cost to delivery is making for expensive hay. I got lucky and contracted my horse hay for the year at a reasonable price back in the Spring. What are they asking for round bales delivered? You try calling any producers north of you up in Oklahoma?


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Originally Posted By: dkershen
Drought plus higher fuel cost to delivery is making for expensive hay. I got lucky and contracted my horse hay for the year at a reasonable price back in the Spring. What are they asking for round bales delivered? You try calling any producers north of you up in Oklahoma?


Shipping would be way too expensive from Oklahoma, found that out during the last bad drought.


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Re: Cattle Hay [Re: Stompy] #7219542 07/09/18 04:44 PM
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Are you looking for coastal or sudan?


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If prices are reasonable to you, call Jess and see if he can help you out



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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Are you looking for coastal or sudan?

Either


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Re: Cattle Hay [Re: KWood_TSU] #7219546 07/09/18 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted By: KWood_TSU
If prices are reasonable to you, call Jess and see if he can help you out




$110 a roll...wow, that's way too expensive for me.


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Re: Cattle Hay [Re: Stompy] #7219549 07/09/18 04:49 PM
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If prices are reasonable to you, call Jess and see if he can help you out




$110 a roll...wow, that's way too expensive for me.

He's not a price gouger either, maybe it's just that expensive now? I know nothing about hay prices, but I know that man and he does right by people


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Last year good fertilized 4x5 coastal was $40-$50 a roll, so he's more than double last year.

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Cheapest I can find is down in Uvalde for 80 bucks a bale. That doesn't help you in Breckenridge.


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Our first cutting was good, we're near Ennis.
Expect the second to be ready in about three weeks or so. Been getting some rain, expect some more today.

Fertilized two weeks ago.

Gonna be a tough year though.
But I've seen years when we had to feed cotton seed hulls.


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My neighbor at the cabin property can't find hay either. I offered to let him turn the cows out on my place.

My grass leaser at another property says he is thinking of selling all his cows off and start bailing again.


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Our first cutting was good, we're near Ennis.
Expect the second to be ready in about three weeks or so. Been getting some rain, expect some more today.

Fertilized two weeks ago.

Gonna be a tough year though.
But I've seen years when we had to feed cotton seed hulls.

Yea, you're out there where I grew up aren't you, around Rankin?


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Are you looking for coastal or sudan?

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I just checked with my guy, Stompy, he sold all his coastal and the sudan didn't make. He's in Goldthwaite, freight wouldn't have killed you but right now he's got nothing. I'm sorry.


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My neighbor at the cabin property can't find hay either. I offered to let him turn the cows out on my place.

My grass leaser at another property says he is thinking of selling all his cows off and start bailing again.


Yea, I fear cattle prices are going to dump if we don't get some rain soon. I'm going to hold on as long as I can, my few older cows are still in good shape and really hate to sell them unless I have to.


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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
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Are you looking for coastal or sudan?

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I just checked with my guy, Stompy, he sold all his coastal and the sudan didn't make. He's in Goldthwaite, freight wouldn't have killed you but right now he's got nothing. I'm sorry.

Thanks for checking, if you hear anything holler at me...depending on price that is. If I could get just one good load in case of a snow that would sure make me feel better. Not like I need a lot of hay, I'm only running 32 cows on 1000 acres so they still have something to eat as of now. If it rains that will get a lot better. Will probably plant more grazing wheat this year too.

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Originally Posted By: Stompy
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My neighbor at the cabin property can't find hay either. I offered to let him turn the cows out on my place.

My grass leaser at another property says he is thinking of selling all his cows off and start bailing again.


Yea, I fear cattle prices are going to dump if we don't get some rain soon. I'm going to hold on as long as I can, my few older cows are still in good shape and really hate to sell them unless I have to.


I penned up a bunch this morning. I had planned on selling off the 500-600 lb calves but with no grass, no hay and dry tanks, I am probably going to have to cut a lot deeper than that. I know of a few older cows that are dry that can go but I hate to sell lightweight calves for a little of nothing. And a lot of people that buy a steak at a steakhouse thinks ranchers are getting rich.

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Stomp it's even worse up here along the Red River. The grasshoppers are moving in if that's any indication. Tanks are drying up and we've only got one cutting. Our cotton ground around Lamesa has already bee disastered. We're hunkering down until next year. Good luck.


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I feel for you guys with cattle. Rain has went all around us until today. Wife said we got nearly 2" earlier. Should be enough to push the grass along for another month for our horses. I generally only feed about 20 bales from late fall through winter for our horses (5x6 lasts our 4 horses about a week when we have a little winter forage to back it up..easy keepers luckily)...my hay guy has already said if it doesn't rain - he is keeping everything and maybe fulfilling one or two big orders - so I'm SOL as of now. I was paying $40/roll for 2nd cutting fertilized the past two years...but I'm thinking it'll be double this year if I can find any.

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$110 a roll...wow, that's way too expensive for me.


Yeah, don't have to worry about it after I sold our spread, but at $110 and small bales, Jesse James, if he have had a hay field, wouldn't have had to Rob banks.

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