Mine has gone up to £4.50 a bale from £4 this year however it's the most amazing soft superb quality meadow hay I've ever had in 40 years of horse ownership so I'll take it. Big bales too.
Their rounds (equivalent to 10 bales) are £44 so no real saving in having large bales plus I can't handle them and harder to stack & keep dry so I'll stick to small bales.
I've had 50 in already, almost used the 20 old bales I had left from last year so will buy another 30 /40 when I can fit them in the barn - before end of December if I can as supply ran dry in Feb last year and I think it will be January this winter.
5.50 bought from YO. It was so awful last year I switched to haylage. Others are sneaking in hay from local stores, which is 5.00. I might try this year's though, as I'm not feeding haylage yet and it waa baled dry for once!!
Around here, West Mids/Staffs border, the going rate seems to be £4 for a small rectangle bale.
We got a large rectangle bale in for £50, and a large round oat straw for £25.
Got quoted £55 for a large round hay.
£3 a bale for small bales, have 15 delivered at a time or £25 for a massive square bale. Not sure of the size but they are 6 string and we have to separate them into slices to get into the barn. This is in South Devon.
So far this year the big haybales we buy have risen from £35 to £45 to £50 for good quality hay. im not impressed. i dont have storage, so have no choice. My suppliers also buy every month, so they have no control either.
While supplies may be more scarce, i dont think there will be a shortfall as people have their horses out grazing on lovely dry fields whereas usually a lot more are in due to wet weather.
Small bale has just gone up to £5 a bale and i buy a dozen at a time, delivered for a fiver but i can and do get hold of 4x4ft? bales at £20. Im still not sure when they will be moved to work for winter grazing and a holiday hence the dozen at a time! Once they come to work I wont feed anything for a while until the standing foggage is gone and then they go on haylage and then quickly after that i hope its bloody spring, lol
Yes There's been no rain in the hay growing areas, the places that have had enough rain to grow a crop will only get one cut this year. The East coast is having to haul hay from the far south and west, 1000s kms away which makes already expensive hay even worse with the transport. What makes it worse is that the country exports hay, which means tonnes of hay sitting in ports can't be touched while our farmers go under.