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How to price my Oat hay?


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#1 fastline

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:30 PM

It sure seems like a hay'd cereal crops is almost an oddball around here.  I am in SC KS.  I have several people "interested" in my hay (not cut just yet), but what they wanna pay IMO is ridiculous and has me second guessing my efforts I think.  My target buyers were horse owners.  4x5 rounds makes a reasonable bale to manage, though obviously is not small square. 

 

Feel free to PM me if actual numbers are bad for the business on forums and I can certainly appreciate that.  Actually from what I was estimating, offers are about 1/2 of my estimates.  At that price, I certainly will not deliver.  I felt oat hay at flower stage was a quality horse product by most equine experts with good protein and range of nutrients. 



#2 deadmoose

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:41 PM

What were the offers?

#3 fastline

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 08:02 PM

70/t



#4 FarmerCline

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:05 PM

I baled some small square bales of oat hay a couple weeks ago, it was cut in the flowering stage. It made absolutely beautiful hay, the color is outstanding. I'm not kidding when I say it is the color of new money. I don't know if it was an accident or I did everything just right. I am asking 5 dollars a bale, I have already been offered 4.50 per bale and they buy it all but I am going to wait and I believe I can get 5 dollars no problem. I will Definately be growing more oat hay next year.

#5 prairie

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:26 PM

$70/ton seems awful cheap from what I here the local market is at  1 1/2 - 2 times that.  In my area that wouldn't even come close to covering input costs, not to mention interest and a profit figured in.  Maybe that is OK for your area, but 3-4 ton/acre oat hay at that price would not even cover dryland rent.



#6 fastline

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:32 PM

Well, this figure did come from a beef cattle guy that is probably used to feeding what is cheap.  I am expecting 2x that figure.  I can't see how anyone can make it in the haying business at that price. 


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#7 Willyd3588

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 04:12 PM

I will be askin 100/ton making 5x6bales but I have alfalfa coming up underneath it, I mite go ahead and put it up b4 it's ready because I have a lot of burs growing crazy in the oats. I hate burs

#8 LaneFarms

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:29 PM

It should bring between $150-200/ton.

#9 Willyd3588

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:54 PM

Really I didn't think oat hay was that high. Is that normal price or conditionally high for this year?

#10 LaneFarms

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:06 AM

That's our normal price, either going to a dairy or for horses.

#11 deadmoose

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:51 PM

Location affects price huge.




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