New Hay Report in process March 6, 7 & 8
USDA California Hay prices from 02/28/14 (USDA does not report on Arizona Hay):
The cost of Alfalfa has risen 17.7% since this past December.
“Compared to last week: Prices remained firm in most areas. Rain has and is falling in most areas of the state this week. This has slowed the movement of hay. Trade activity was active on very good buyer demand. All prices reported FOB at the stack or barn”
The following are prices from the California Region that supplies Hay to Arizona.
“Supreme” Alfalfa is $260-$265/ton which is $13-$13.25/bale. Add delivery costs etc. brings retail cost to $15.0r more. (AZ grown Hay should be less.)
Unfortunately for uneducated buyers many are paying “Supreme” quality prices or more for lesser quality hay.
Arizona Price Range:
Cheapest Alfalfa is $12.75 at Buckeye Feed. It’s $13 at Hay Barn, G Farms, Bondcroft, Dales Country and DD. The most expensive Alfalfa is Show Low $18.95, and Benson $18.00
Lowest cost for Bermuda is $13 G Farms, DD & Serenity Farms in Wickenburg while the highest is Safford $20.50,Show Low Feeds $19.95, Camp Verde $19.25 and Pinnacle Horse $18.50.
When shopping for the best price don’t overlook quality. Your horses nutrition and therefore health depend on it.