# Question: How Much Does It Cost To Make A Round Bale?

## How much does it cost to make hay?

When full cost of production is accounted for, hay generally costs between \$70 and \$140/ton to produce.

On smaller operations that own a full line of equipment, the cost can easily exceed \$200/ton.

In most natural rainfall areas, beef cow- quality hay can be purchased for less than even the cost level..

## How much does a round bale?

Round BalesSizeDimension(Width x Height)WeightSmall4 ft x 4 ft400 to 600 lbs.Medium5 ft x 4.5 ft720 to 950 lbs.Large5 ft x 6 ft1270 to 1700 lbs.

## Is there money in baling hay?

“You are going to get more than three years out of that, but if we use three years, that’s about \$100 per acre per year,” Brown says. “If you are getting \$125 per ton for quality hay, you are going to see a profit of \$51 per ton, or \$204 per acre. “The potential is there to make some pretty good money on hay.”

## How much does it cost to bale a round bale of hay?

As you can see, the cost or value of the primary nutrients in a typical bermudagrass round bale is \$20.30. If you add to this the cost of baling, about \$15 per round bale, then your cost for a 1,200-pound round bale is now \$35.30.

## How much do farmers get for a bale of hay?

Cost of a Bale of Hay Depending on the type, quality, place of harvest, and size of hay bales, you should expect to pay something between \$30 and \$300 per ton of hay.

## How many square bales of hay does it take to make a round bale?

For example, if the round bale weighs 1,000 pounds, then it equals 20 of your 50-pound small square bales. If the large round-bale weighs 1,200 pounds and the small square bales weigh 40 pounds, then one large round hay bale would be equal to 30 small square bales.

## Can you make money on a small farm?

With proper planning and a strong local farmers market, you should be able to bring in around \$500 a week in gross sales. Take out expenses, and after 4 markets a month you’ve netted around \$1000. The downside…the best time for sales is in the summer when most people would rather be in the garden than in the kitchen.

## How much does 4×5 round bale weigh?

TablesBale Size (ft)Est. Bale Weight 2 (lb)Hay Consumed per Cow per Day5 (lb)4x5800264x61,153265×51,000265×61,441262 more rows

## Why are hay bales left in fields?

If they are scattered around the field the farmer is just waiting for a convenient time to pick them up and move them. If lined up along the edge of the field they are being stored there. Big round bales can handle being left outside, and even if the outside looks weathered the inside will be good for a year or longer.

## What are the big round bales of hay called?

Other factors, however, such as farm size, equipment, weather and budget will determine how the hay will be collected and stored. The two most common options are large round bales, also called rolls, and small square bales.

## How many cows will one round bale feed?

As an example, a 30-cow herd would consume one 900-pound round bale per day. To feed a 30-cow herd, we could use one hay ring that is filled daily.

## How much can you sell a bale of hay for?

Of course, this a supply/demand story right now for the hay market. Large round bales of hay are selling for \$75 to \$90 per ton higher than a year ago, McGill says. Specifically, alfalfa-grade hay bales are priced between \$140 and \$165 per ton, while grass, midquality hay bales are selling for \$125 to \$150 per ton.

## How many pounds of hay is in a round bale?

Round bale 48” wide x 60” dia. Hay bales can weigh between 40 lbs and 2,000 lbs. They come in two basic shapes, round and square. Round hay bales are usually quite large and weigh from 600 to 1,200 lbs. Square hay bales come in two size groups, small and large.

## How many squares are in a 4×4 round bale?

27 square balesthe current 4×4 round bales we are getting average 1700 pounds so 1 round bale = about 27 square bales.

## How much does it cost to have hay cut and baled?

“Average custom baling prices are from \$25 to \$35 for a 4-by-5 round bale in the central Texas area,” Geeslin says. “Dividing \$120,000 by \$25 equals 4,800 bales required to pay back the investment. If custom baling costs \$35 per bale, 3,428 bales are required for paying the equipment costs.”

## What is the average round bales per acre?

With an average bale weight of around 40 pounds (with our Abbriata small square baler or any of our mini round balers), that’s 100 bales to the acre for a first cutting.

## How many acres of hay do you need to make a living?

Horse farmers are looking for good hay, and they’re willing to pay for it. Here was the thought, on 50 acres you would get 100 square bales per acre, which is a conservative number. If we do the math, that works out to be. 100 bales x 50 acres = 5000 bales of hay for 50 acres of land.

## How much does a round bale of hay cost 2020?

Large round bale straw averaged \$58.00 per bale (a range of \$40.00 – \$85.00). In Nebraska, hay sold steady, demand is light in 2020. Some are having a hard time delivering hay because of muddy conditions. In Iowa, hay prices are lower compared to prices earlier in the fall.