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Hello im new to this forum and im seeking a little bit of advice.

I would like to get into the hay business and get a start at my own farm in a couple years. right now im a junior in high school and I really am wanting to make some decent money to eventually allow me to get a farm of my own and start a farm selling just hay. preferably alfalfa in large squares.

I was wondering if anyone has any advice for me as far as starting this type of business, I know all the equipment ill need and everything im just wondering if it is worth spending the money and time to buy some used equipment and start into this business? Any help and advice would be appreciated.

Some other questions

What would be a good rate to charge (per bale or per acre)?

Would it be a good idea to have a business partner?

Is anyone else from central Missouri (Lake of the Ozarks area) doing this kind of business?
 

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As farm as i know there is no one else in this are that does this type of thing, but also almost everyone around here has their own equipment so that will make it hard to get started into i suppose. I just want a way to get my foot in the door so i an get my own farm someday and have a full scale alfalfa operation. I dont know if anyone has ever heard of Freeburg Hay in Gayville South Dakota but that is the type of operation id like to have one of these years. Some day ill be able to get that big but im thinking of this for a starter and to get me more prepared for going full scale and buying my own land.

another question, factoring in time, can someone better afford to own their own equipment and bale the hay theirself rather than pay someone to do it for say, 20-25 a 5x6 round or maybe even 25-30 for a 3x3 square bale

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also looking for ballpark figures on how much it cost to produce 5x6 bale and a 3x3 square bale? i know there is a lot of variables but just looking for an average.
 

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Thanks everyone for the help. Another question, if i was to get a farm and have it planted in alfalfa how would be best to move the product? Broker or advertise myself? I know brokers charge a fee of some sort but i cant find any in central missouri. I havent looked too terribly bad but ive just been scouring around. Any info about brokers will be appreciated.
 

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What would be the best way to market or move my hay? I dont know if any of you have heard of Circle A angus ranch but they are headquartered in my hometown and i might see about selling them some because i know almost everyone that works there(very small town, less than 750 people) but most people around here wouldnt buy alfalfa cause they dont see the benefit in it so the ranch would probably be my highest demanding customer this close. so shipping alot it away would be my best option i believe so that would widen my market area and i know someone somewhere will buy good quality alfalfa.

What would be the best marketing tools to move some serious alfalfa and get maybe some contracts or very loyal buyers?
 

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I really just like the idea of producing hundreds of large squares and sending them off to whoever needs them. I love hay making and always have. Money is, but it isnt a problem for me for getting started if that makes sense. No im not gonna be able to start out with 1000 acres of pure alfaflfa but 100 acres and the equipment is not a problem for me whatsoever. I just need to find a steady market first and then i can go from there. id like to be able to gain 100-150 acres maybe every 5 years but then again no point in having the land in the hay if i can market it i guess.

Im just tossing around the idea of it all and seeing if i can have what i really want someday, a dream job. Nothing makes me happier than bouncing around the field in a tractor mowing and baling hay so if im gonna do it someday on my own, why not make decent money right? lol
 

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No, Im not looking for a get rich quick scheme by no means, but im trying to find a way to have the money coming in and be home at the same time. im really interested in welding but i dont want to travel and have no social life so i would rather stick with farming. im just looking for the most enjoyable way to make a living farming and i believe for me anyways its haying. I like the idea of starting small but then i love the idea of diving in and taking the risk. probably not smart but itd be a challenge and i like a challenge. But im not gonna go out and put my life savings into something that i havent researched and found out the best possible way to make it work. i just have a lot of unanswered questions about it and that is why i joined the forum so maybe 3/4 of them could be answered. Thanks for the help everyone!
 

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Who says you have to travel to be a welder? Here we have enough dipstick wannabe farmers that break something every week to keep me busy at it part time and I dont advertise. I almost prefer not to do it. :)
Theres some of them around here too lol i guess that could be an income source as well, some welding on equipment on the side. that might pay the grocery bill and a little more as much as people break stuff haha
 

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Always has been a dream of mine to be in the farm area all my life. whether it be dairy, feedlot, cow/calf or a hay farm its all a dream of mine. I just want to pursue the hay career a lot more since its more enjoyable for me personally.
 
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