For the last couple of years I’ve bought my hay locally from the town farm. One of the advantages of buying from them was that they would hold several hundred bales for me and deliver them as needed. I liked having the hay “on tap” and appreciated that the horses were able to have the consistency over the winter.
The downside was that they sold by the bale, rather than by the ton, and the bales differed vastly in size and weight. They also had some issues with billing.
This year, our barn decided to buy from another supplier. It started out well but then their supply got spotty. Last week they told me they weren’t likely to get any more second cut hay. Our horses have shown a marked disdain for the first cut hay that we’ve brought in as a filler. We finally found some that they deign to eat and had two tons delivered over the weekend.
Now I’m wrestling with whether to go back to our first supplier and deal with the inconsistency in the price and the billing, stick with first cut hay (which is easier to get in bulk) or try to buy directly from some of the Canadian suppliers who will bring down a trailer load of hay. I’ve never bought more than three tons and then only when I’ve had the chance to look the hay over first.
What do the rest of you do?