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cost of cutting grass and baling hay
« on: September 17, 2019, 05:46:41 pm »

Advice please, our local farmer has done some work for us and I'm trying to price up for a fair exchange. Work comprises (1) topping a two acre field and leaving grass to return to ground. (2) cutting grass on 2.5 acres field, gathering the grass. (3) making 15 large round bales which he has taken for feeding his cattle. (4) baling 35 small bales for our use here on the smallholding. Thanks in advance.


  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: cost of cutting grass and baling hay
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2019, 07:40:53 pm »
I would just ask him how much did I owe him!

A fair price is relative. I would avoid any situation where there is any possibility that he could walk away thinking hard done by. If he says a price you think too high, just smile and pay it, in 6 months time you might find it was a fair price even though at the time it felt like you were being taken advantage of! Or if you discover you paid too much, never use him again!

If it was a neighbour and I knew him well enough, I would pay him 25 per hour for topping (1) and 1.50 a bale for (4), as he did (2) and (3) for his own benifit I wouldn't pay him for that.


  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow: despoiled in summer and villages left empty in winter except for Xmas/NY.
Re: cost of cutting grass and baling hay
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2019, 07:49:26 pm »
Taliesin, hopefully someone here will be able to help with the equation (edit - I see bj_cardiff just did).

I do not wish to appear critical, but would have been best to query balance of costs/favours before the event/s.  Why not just have a chat with the farmer? 
I'm going to guess, given that he has not mentioned money so far, that he will probably say "that's quits" - for now at least. 
« Last Edit: September 18, 2019, 12:08:53 am by arobwk »


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Re: cost of cutting grass and baling hay
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2019, 09:11:44 am »
Topping 20/hr here in Wales    probably bit more in S E Eng.

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Re: cost of cutting grass and baling hay
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2019, 02:00:49 pm »
Man and machine 30/hour hereabouts.  Baling 50p / bale (small bale).
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


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Re: cost of cutting grass and baling hay
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2019, 10:23:40 am »
Small bales 65p per bale, mowing about 12 an acre, turning grass and rowing up 30/hour. Just ask him for an invoice and expect to pay vat on top of the prices mentioned.


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