Looking for ways to save money on hay costs? Learn how we reduced hay costs by 50% and how you can too!
Our homestead is about 4 acres with no space make our own hay, so we end up having to buy from a farmer. We’ve been limited to purchasing small square bales for the past few years. We don’t have a tractor that can lift larger bales and we have 3 separate shelters with 4 feeder that each need small amounts of hay twice a day.
We have 4 galloway cows coming home and estimate our hay consumption to double. At $6 per bale we guess hay costs for a single month to be about $360! Ouch!
How to Save Money on Hay
The last time we purchased hay Ryan noticed “mini rounds” at the back of our suppliers barn. The farmer said they were leftovers from a custom baling order and that they weighted between 250 lbs to 300 lbs. Each round contained 6-8 small squares and would be happy to deliver them for $25 a round.
And this is how we cut our hay costs in half. Let’s do the math…
1 small square bale @ $6 / bale NO delivery
1 mini round @ $25 delivered = $3.50 / small square (~ 7 small squares)
Our tractor can lift these bales plus they’re light enough to roll around by hand. We are going to store them inside our shop and unroll them as we need to fill feeders for the smaller animals. We plan to build a larger hay feeder than can hold an entire mini round for the cows and donkey.
I’ll let you know how these mini rounds work for us, and if we decided to pay for custom baling this summer!
Let me know if you have any other tips for saving money on hay!