"new" farm truck with a load of bales on it. The hay on the flatbed weighs about 2 tons, and the hay in the trailer is about the same amount. I had a crew that I hired for the day to help pick up the hay in the field and stack it at the farm. It's very nice hay; 3rd cutting orchard grass with a little bit of clover in it. Smells like summer.
I negotiated a price per ton to purchase the hay at, and we weighed the truck&trailers empty and then full to get how much hay we were buying. The reason I do that is that in this area, bale weights vary quite a bit, and it's often hard to compare prices. Most of the farmers around here want to sell you at a price per bale, which really doesn't tell you much about what your cost is, since bales can range from 45lbs to 80lbs.
You can take a small sample and weigh them, but my experience has been with the local hay is that the bale sizes can vary in an individual field, and so I don't trust that, either. The best way I've found is to negotiate a price per pound and weigh the entire load.
In this case I purchased the entire field of hay, which ended up weighing 35,500lbs, or 17.75tons. The negotiated price was 8 cents per pound, which gave me a cost-per-ton of $160, which is in line with hay prices this year. Including labor and transport, the 80lb bales cost me about $7 each delivered and stacked.
What prices are you guys paying for hay?
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