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Offline Quackaddict

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Best place/priced alfalfa
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:29:00 PM »
Looking for recommendations for fine stemmed good quality alfalfa for my horses. Willing to travel for good price. Need 3 tons for winter. Thanks in advance

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Re: Best place/priced alfalfa
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 07:47:54 AM »
Small bales will be at a $40+/ ton premium, big squares are the norm now days.  The trades were at $140 last week in the basin.  Check your critters requirements and use.  That kind of nutrition can raise havoc with an equine.

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Re: Best place/priced alfalfa
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 09:22:08 AM »
Agree, wouldn't be buying "good quality" alfalfa.

Stay with the grass hay or blends.   :twocents:
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Re: Best place/priced alfalfa
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 11:17:50 AM »
Check Moses lake craigslist, always on sale out here. A lot of alfalfa fields

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Re: Best place/priced alfalfa
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 12:19:21 PM »
Where are you located on the wet side?  I quit feeding my horses and cows alfalfa a few years ago and went to high quality grass hay.  They all get a little grain along with the hay and seem to do as well if not better.  When I did feed alfalfa I bought it at Kipert's in Tumwater.  The second weekend of September they have a big sale and good quality alfalfa that usually goes for $16.99 is on sale for $12.99.  We would buy 5 tons and be done for the winter.  Kipert's has always had better alfalfa than Del's/Tractor supply, Wilco and just about all of the little local guys,  Every now and then they use to get in 3 strand bales that are around 160-180 pounds with super fine stems and leaves as big as red clover. 
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Re: Best place/priced alfalfa
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 12:33:43 PM »
You guys ever feed teff grass to your animals? If so, what did you think?

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Re: Best place/priced alfalfa
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2017, 07:18:08 AM »
You guys ever feed teff grass to your animals? If so, what did you think?

I fed teff whenever I could get it. The teff was very clean to feed and easy to digest.
It sells out in the tricities often. I really liked it. I'd pay extra to get it from Middleton even though they're flakey on delivery .

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Re: Best place/priced alfalfa
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2017, 07:33:23 AM »
Teff is an annual grass, can be good stuff.  It likes lots of water and heat so probably not a good choice for dryland production.  Get close to the guys that grow these crops.  All of the forages  have a place.  Figure out your animals requirements and fill them as cheaply as possible.  Many growers will work with you to supply exactly what you need.

 

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