Well, I finally called our hay guy. And as I suspected, all the hay went to TX. I was a little miffed as he was supposed to call us when it was ready, but he said he didn’t bother because he knew it wouldn’t have been good enough for us. Well, this may have been true, but I wish he would have given us a chance to at least look at some. Because honestly, I don’t think we’re going to get anything near what we’d really want this year. I don’t think there will be any Bermuda hay around here. I suspect he’s just getting better money by shipping it south.
So we’re on a hay hunt now. I’ve called a guy up in Missouri that has some fescue / orchard grass hay for sale and I think we’re going to have to take it. It’s an hour and a half drive one way, so it’s not a huge distance to travel, but it will definitely up our actual cost because diesel fuel is close to four bucks a gallon and we’ll be hauling a pretty heavy load. I think we’ll be able to haul eleven round bales on the trailer, and another one in the back of the truck. I figure we’re going to need a minimum of twelve bales to get us through until the spring cutting…..assuming the first cutting comes the first part of June. The guy I called had his number listed in the regional Horse Trader magazine, so I’m hoping that he still has some when we’re able to make the trip this weekend.
Cross your fingers for us, would ya?