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Where did all the brome/alfalfa go?!
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Where did all the brome/alfalfa go?!

Where did all the alfalfa go?  It is crazy how much the drought has affected everyone and everything in one way or another.  From the grocery stores to the fields our pocket book always seems to be affected.  My local hay dealer had to close shop for all his customers because he only had enough brome/alfalfa to supply his own horses.  That has left my family and I looking for alfalfa anywhere and everywhere for our three horses.  After attending four auctions the going rate of alfalfa was going anywhere from $8.75 to $10.75 per bale!!  Wow, that is a crazy price for my area, considering we normally pay around $5.00 a bale.  Or maybe I am just lucky to get such a good price on alfalfa bales? We were lucky to have a few farmer contacts however, who put us in touch with a farmer in Iowa who has been letting us buy some good green wonderful smelling alfalfa for $6.25 a bale.  Even buying at that cost comes with hazards and additional costs out of pocket though.  Having to drive a little over an hour to a small town in Iowa costs quite a bit of gas in my pickup.  Also there have been many incidents around my area of people having their brome and alfalfa blaes stolen right off their feilds!  Some have even had them stolen from their barns!  Was the alfalfa growing season that bad that people have to resort to theft? With winter around the corner I hope that you are one of the lucky ones who have a good supplier and are able to stock up before the snow flys.  My family and I are heading out one last time to Iowa to get our last load of the good green stuff to get our stock before winter.

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  1. naturegirl
    I am wondering if it would be worth it for you to try to grow your own. Do you have the space for it? I voted. When you have the chance, come by my post, When Winter Comes, and vote if you like it!
  2. HorseDiva
    This sounds complicated. There must be a solution for this! I hope you find one! I heard that horses eat banana peels. Could this help you? I voted. Please come read my article, which about horses being slaughtered because race tracks will close down in Ontario. Please vote if you like it. Thank you.
  3. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    http://www.hayexchange.com/ia.php This link shows which farmers grow what types of hay in Iowa & outside areas as well. It's free to sign up for an account & when you do, you'll be able to see how much their hay is, if they deliver & if they test their hay. I do hope you find the hay you're looking for & that it's close to you. Voted. Please check out my blogs & vote if you like them.

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