Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:41 AM
Take Care Tim
Posted 01 March 2010 - 10:34 AM
Nice to meet you all!
Posted 22 March 2010 - 02:29 PM
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 05:33 AM
Gary from Bathurst in NSW Australia, we do mostly Lucerne (Alfalfa) hay, and a bit of Oaten and Pasture hay depending on season.
We sell to horse (small squares) and sheep and cattle farmers (rounds and 3x3)
Signed on to see what I might learn from the other side of the world.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 11:38 PM
This looks like a great site. I hope to learn a lot and help as much as I can.
I am from Colorado and have been doing custom hay since 2004. 80% small squares and 20% 5x6 rounds. About 75% is Alfalfa. When not farming I am Shooting, dirtbiking or wasting money on diesel race trucks lol. During the winter I sell hay and plow snow.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 10:26 AM
Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:14 PM
I'm Dave from South West Idaho and I farm with my Dad and one of my sons. We raise row crop and 600 acres of alfalfa and orchard grass/ alfalfa blend. Most of the alfalfa goes to local dairies as green chop and 4x4 bales but we have been expanding into the horse hay market the last few years with the blend in small squares in an attempt to diversify our customer base a bit more. It has worked out well but does take a bit more time and effort than the diary hay does, but we enjoy it and our customers really seem to appreciate what we do for them .
I also believe that surviving in today's Ag world requires us to go out and market to the retail customer when possible in order to be profitable ( hence the horse hay business). We also run 15 to 20 pairs of cow/calf to eat our haying mistakes and to keep us busy during the winter and we sell steers as grass fed butcher beef locally.
This is a great site for a lot of good hay info.
Edited by dbergh, 06 June 2010 - 02:37 PM.
Posted 08 June 2010 - 07:08 PM
I'm so green at this that I would not even be able to guess how many acres we hay. I live somewhere in the general area near central North Dakota. I have just returned home to ranch with my mother and grandfather for awhile. I grew up on a farm (which my father and brother still run) that had various animals on and off, but cattle ranching and haying is something that I have no prior experience with. I likely won't be doing any haying myself, though that is a future possibility, but since I'm the IT department around here part of what I do includes researching things on the internet. I will probably doing a lot of reading (and have enjoyed listening to the podcasts so far), but every once in awhile I'll have a question or two.
Speaking of questions, I'd like to start by asking haymaker1956 how in the world he keeps the raccoons from getting his chickens!
Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:34 AM
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 11:58 AM
I'm Jason from Western Indiana and am starting to raise a little hay for my horses and cattle instead of buying it. I really enjoy reading about and working with hay, so I am glad this website exists. I'm a novice at hay making, but am excited to learn how to make quality forages for my livestock. I've made a post in the Alfalfa forum and am looking for some feedback. Nice to read about everyone and I look forward to hearing from y'all.
Posted 22 July 2010 - 05:50 AM
Thanks Again RoyBob
Posted 22 July 2010 - 09:28 PM
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:48 PM
Hello Fellas from Middle Georgia!! We cut around 500 acres of coastal bermuda and custom bale around 10k of wheat straw rounds. I'm a 5th gen farmer and am kinda fair with a square baler. I'm looking to install some irrigation asap.
Welcome gald to have ya.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 11:44 PM
Located in Davis, CA.
Hoping to make a few friends and learn about haying.
Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:24 PM
Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:42 AM
Growing up my father ran a decent size custom operation (for New Hampshire) and still does. I started my own operation 2 years ago, and for 2 part time gigs we do alright. Our fields are tiny compared to other parts of the country, but we have plenty of customers in the area with horses. This year I did 3k small squares and 300 4x4 rounds. My Father is right around 10k squares and 200 rounds, half silage, half dry. Combined we do about 300 acres of rented ground. Mostly grass mix, last year we did 5 acres of oats, and next season hoping to try 10 acres of barley for straw. Also have 20 or so dairy beef. Not sure if there is a section for machinery listings, but we have a pretty good supply. My real job is farm insurance so hopefully I can add something useful to the forum.
Forgot to mention, also have a handful of pigs, and run a 400 tap maple operation.
Edited by Dill, 05 November 2010 - 10:44 AM.
Posted 05 November 2010 - 01:16 PM
Glad to have you on the boards. Feel free to use market place, and post answers and questions. It is great to have all the experience and growers from different regions. Take care and be safe out there.
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