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Bramham Wiltshire Horns

  • Joined Oct 2014
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Hay Prices
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:48:06 pm »
whats anyone paying for hay (small bales) this year, mine jumped up from £3.50 - £5 last year due to the winter and drought

i see many a farmer on social media boasting at how well they have done with the hay crop this year but the prices dont seem to be coming down too fast

thanks in advance

Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Hay Prices
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 04:40:53 pm »
Hay should be a bit cheaper this year but if you’re in an area with lots of horses it’ll probably still be expensive ! If you can get round bales or big square bales they are much cheaper than small.


  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Hay Prices
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 04:59:05 pm »
Prices around Aberdeenshire are £3.50 to £5 small bale and anything from £12 to £25 for large round bales.


  • Joined Mar 2019
  • Hampshire
  • If two wrongs don't make a right, try three
Re: Hay Prices
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 06:59:57 pm »
Good quality meadow hay is selling for £50 for a large 250kg bale here, which I think worked out at 20p per kg

If you do the maths, you will find it is substantially cheaper to buy in bulk even if you only have a few animals, or larger bales as twizzel says, which last for longer as well.


  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Hay Prices
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2019, 06:05:18 am »
round bale hay in my area - West Wales, has dropped from £45 a bale to £25 a bale this year because there is so much about. The weather was perfect for it so everyone made it. I haven't be able to afford small bales for years, lol!

Bramham Wiltshire Horns

  • Joined Oct 2014
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Re: Hay Prices
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2019, 10:53:35 pm »
Thanks all


  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Hay Prices
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2019, 12:13:34 am »
Contractors certainly look to have lots of big bales in, a farmer friend has made loads hoping to make lots of money, but another farmer says a lot of farmers will be stuck with it tnis year.
All depends on the winter I suppose  :)
We tend to feed big bale over winter, (opened and fed by pulling portions off), small bales as grass starts to come through.


  • Joined Jun 2017
Re: Hay Prices
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2019, 01:15:54 pm »
Thainstone selling plenty of hay for less than £12,some horse quality.


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