Horse Hay Prices Shared by Readers

More than 1,570 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How much are you paying for small square bales of hay?"

results of poll on hay prices

Results were as follows: 

  • $3-5.99: 47.08% (741)
  • $6-8.99: 20.65% (325)
  • Under $3: 10.36% (163)
  • I don't feed small square bales: 8.20% (129)
  • More than $11: 7.88% (124)
  • $9-$10.99: 5.84% (92)

Readers shared their hay costs in the comments below.

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  • i know small bales are selling for $8 and up
  • ahhhhhh, iowa life!
  • We buy small grass hay (timothy-some alfalfa) to our horses. We pay $2.50 a bale in Western WI.
  • local grown and 14% protein
  • I am paying $6.50 a bale, delived and stacked alfalfa grass mix
  • 90 #+@10.50 bermuda 9.50 alfalfa
  • prices need to come down so people don't just let their horses go..
  • AU $13.50 per bale for Oaten hay
  • $14.95 for a rectangular, 70lb bale of T & A.
  • These are local 50 lb. bales of Coastel.
  • 12.95 for 55-65 lb bale of t&a as for o&a (same size) for $13.95
  • 3.50 to 4.00 in ontario canada for dust free horse hay
  • bales are about 40lbs, mixed grass, very clean $5 picked up (40ml round trip or $7 delivered
  • Very nice, green, soft, clean orchard grass hay 50 lbs.
  • I feed 80lb square bales and the T&A is $21 a bale and the timmothy is $18 a bales. SE FL.
  • paying $2.25 Ontario Canada
  • I live in Ab canada hay is getting $ I fed more concentraits they are 2.50 a bushel oats
  • pretty poor too
  • In western Colorado we had a good hay harvest combined w/fewer horses brougt prices down
  • feed round bales
  • For both good quality orchard grass and timothy
  • coastal hay from north texas, straight out of the field when baled
  • Grass Hay
  • I run into the problem of storing them, so I usually have a covered round bales.
  • Coastal Bermuda
  • 6.50 is average. This is in a small town in Mississippi and hay is getting hard to find.
  • I have purchased "bad" hay for two years in a row. I would gladly pay top dollar for good, sweet sme
  • Fescue
  • I bought orchard grass out of the field for $4.00 per bale. The supplier had labor to load it.
  • Only large rectangular bales available $10-15
  • $7.25 for coastal and $13.50 for T&A
  • 15.00 t&a
  • 40-45 pounds- delivered and stacked
  • located in rural Michigan
  • timothy/alfalfa or orchard/alfalfa mix, 45-55lb
  • hybrid bermuda
  • first cutting alfalfa - purchase truck load of 350 bales last spring out of OK - great hay
  • i had to buy hay for a feed store and paid 9.99 per bale which i think is highway robbery
  • Organic and full of herbs. No alph great no I wont tel where
  • i buy truck trailer loads get it delivered farmer pays trucking fees.
  • I can bring it in from Quebec Canada cheeper than I can buy it in the U.S.
  • We grow our own hay. I'm not sure how much it would be...
  • Central NJ, from a neighbor
  • I grow my own
  • basic bermuda grass hay
  • timothy grass mix
  • great hay, horses love it
  • I feed large round bales 5x4 $30 each
  • 12 for coastal and 14 for timothy
  • and the quality is not the best
  • 40# sq bales mix grass
  • $AUD17.50 last delivery, $AUD21.50 the time before in Australia. We are in drought though.
  • around 3 sometimes more or less depending on quality and quantity
  • We raise our own, but we're currently selling for $3-$4
  • but it is very hig quality hay that I buy for $5 an 80 pound bale
  • Orchard and alfalfa mix from brought from DE to NC
  • Rochester, NY area.
  • We grow our own. That's what it sells for.
  • coastal..central florida
  • feed big round bales, $25/big bale of mixed grass, 2nd cutting
  • high moisture hay, wrapped and grown here for my 9 horses
  • We grow our own
  • orchard/alfalfa mix 70lb
  • We use large (800lb) bales in the pasture but square bales in the barn T & A = $18.00 in the barn
  • These bales average 50# each, and are of good quality alfalfa/orchardgrass mix. Virginia
  • I buy compressed alfalfa and grass mix or timothy
  • good quality grass hay, coastal bermuda
  • orchard grass
  • Bales here are 110-140# bales; alfalfa is $8.50-14; orchard $14-18, bermuda $11-13; timothy $18-23
  • Last year was $2.00 a bale, we baled our own for $0.15 a bale
  • With the drought in Central Alberta hay has become very expensive. The market is flooded with horses
  • We bale our own hay
  • Actually, I just grow it but hat is the going rate for my 120lb bales.
  • tifton bermuda
  • we make round bales as well as square bales
  • Pick it up put of the field myself, saves money!
  • FL baby - O/A is $20 T/A is $17
  • 4.50 out of the stack, 6.50 delivered
  • I rarely buy square bales anymore but buy round bales and give them portions from that
  • still to damn much
  • Australian hay is always expensive compared to overseas purely dueto our smaller population
  • i pay 2.50 & the hay is wonderful but next year prices are going to 5$ i live in maniwaki quebec
  • bale our own on the ranch.Most paid small sq's 75 lb is $4.00. Usually less.
  • I have a farm so no cost to me but sells in my area for 3 - 6, bales are 40#
  • Nice alfalfha hay about 60 lb bales
  • horse can only have pellets
  • 4x6 round Brome $65 silgle, cheaper if buy load, but don't have a tractor to move'em.
  • local grass hay
  • Most of the bales we get average only around 40lbs-- half the weight of 7 or 8 years ago.
  • 3.00 from the same farmer..hasn't changed in 7 years
  • What is small - our bales are 80 to 100 pounds?
  • We make our own
  • That is our standard bale in AZ. I pay $10.50 for bermuda. Alfalfa is $9.50 but I don't feed it
  • 3.50 per bale delivered
  • $4/bale for mediocre quality grass hay. Not much else available.
  • To high , farmers are taking advantage of the high prices of everything else.
  • local grown coastal hay, ocala , florida
  • 4.50
  • I use Dengie Totally Timothy 50 lbs $12.99
  • very good quality timothy and clover, baled very well
  • i make my own
  • feed store is much higher, but in the field its from 4 to 7
  • too much. Hay went up during drought years and never came down again.
  • I use local grass hay
  • Good quality hay costs $11.50 to $17 per bale
  • $2 for grass and $3 - 4 for alfalfa
  • local grass hay in WA State
  • more expensive but better quality
  • Burmuda grass hay
  • We bale our own, but charge our friends $2
  • 3.50-4.00 & wasn't the highest quality out there but it's what I could get
  • 2 string bale, 27 bales to a ton
  • We only pay 4$ for really nice alfalfa grass mix
  • $5.50 which is too much
  • Timothy-Red Clover-Other grass mix.
  • I have used the same supplier for years and get to choose the pick of the field;has excellent hay
  • big bales
  • 2.50 per bale. My hay guy treats me really well because he sells to me below market price.
  • A good bale is about 65-90lbs
  • Harder to find each year. I paid 5.00 per bale for 1st cutting alfalfa put into my loft.
  • excellent peanut hay
  • I NOW BUY MINE IN BIG ROLLS, EVERY OTHER ONE BEING PEANUT HAY.
  • hay in arizona is high for grass but is alot cheeper for alfalfa
  • Orchard grass and a little alfalfa in hay
  • certified weed free grass hay
  • that is for grass mix about 90lb bale
  • It is good quality coastal hay from a local farmer.He did go up in price but worth buying.
  • Good quality alfalfa hay
  • Cost of delivery is extremely high so driving great distances for pick up is added to the cost
  • I feed 3 horses on round bales it is more cost effective. $5 for sq bales when needed
  • In SE Arizona 94# bales of bermuda cost $13.50 + tax per bale, down from $18.00 early 2009.
  • 4.00 grass ahy
  • $3.50 for 60-70# bales of beautiful grass/alfalfa 2nd crop
  • I buy and peel round bales - much cheaper - around here sq. are $8/bale
  • hay and feed prices keep going up but the gas prices went down. when r we going to feel it.
  • I get small square bales and 10 bales every week
  • #.50 bale of grass Timothy mix hay, 65 pound weight bales.
  • Good grass hay, $4.25
  • Only $2.00/bale delivered because a local farmer is generous.
  • We get small bales of Oat hay from a neighbor to supplement our Meadow Grass Hay.
  • $8.95 for coastal at the feed store or $7 from hay growers if you pick up
  • 5-6 a bale. 2nd cut
  • I'm paying $200-265 for large 3-wire bales of Tim or Alfalfa
  • We don't have small bales in AZ. Bermuda &Alfalfa are the only choices. $13 Bermuda, $11 Alfalfa.
  • $6.00 per bale for timothy/alfalfa mix in central KY
  • I pay $35 for a 4X5 round bale
  • I pay this price range, however, I have to travel a 1/2 hour to get it. Close to home is $10-12
  • 70# bales, guaranteed quality and from the same field/cutting for consistency of content, love it!
  • $5 per bale, when I pick it up myself in the field. I get it from Foley, AL.
  • 3.00 right now
  • it is orchard grass very good smells good
  • Ouch
  • $5.50 WITH THE DISCOUNT OF $1 BAIL
  • $9 for 100# three string bales, alflafa and bermuda in So. Arizona
  • Crazy prices here in California. We feed Oat or forage and alfalfa. The bales are big-average 100#
  • $5 delivered and stacked
  • Small bales running $4.75-$5.50 in SE Mi
  • $4.50 a bale delivered and put in barn.
  • Rochester, NY area $3
  • 2 wire are $7.50 in NM while 3 string bales are 14.00
  • $4.50/bale grass hay
  • $4 2nd cut alfalfa mix (not too much alfalfa) 60+lb bales, horses look great all winter
  • top quality 2nd cutting mixed with alfafa
  • In central WI the price is pretty reasonable, with 5 horses to feed that is good.
  • Colorado premium irrigated grass hay...$170 ton delivered in 5 ton stack direct from field into barn
  • Still too much
  • they say there is a shortage but the guy selling it always seems to have a barn full !!
  • Two wire bales
  • plain grass hays
  • $3.50 out of the field and $5.00 out of the barn
  • Be careful how you answer this question. We were asked this on gas prices and we know how that went
  • georgia coastal;I'm in Fl
  • Good Burmuda Hay
  • the least that i've paid is 4.50 a bale
  • depends on the type; fescue around $4/ bale, bermuda around $5/ bale, alfalfa around $12/ bale in GA
  • The price of hay has gone up in western PA and I'm happy if I can find 4-5.00 a bale!
  • 6 dollars includes delivery
  • Here in WA it's $290 foper ton for timothy hay-good stuff from Eastern WA and nothing left over.
  • By small, do you mean 100 lb bales or 60 lb bales? This is an important measure.
  • coastal 45 lbs
  • I pay about $4 for alfalfa
  • great hay; mixed alfalfa
  • i pay 1.75 for a large square bale here in NY
  • I am paying this for perfect grass hay. Now if you are talking about horse quality alfalfa......
  • We live in New Mexico and the hay grown locally has caused hundreds of deaths in this area.
  • Can only get large squares from my supplier, but small in this area is around $3-$4
  • $3 for tim/grass mix $6 alfalfa in PA
  • that includes delivery of grass hay
  • $3-$4
  • We bale the hay on our own farm.
  • last year I spent $13.99 for a small square bale! Highway Robbery!
  • Paying up to $22 per 80-100lb bale
  • Hit the mother lode this year, $3.75 delivered & stacked in the barn, excellent brome hay
  • tifton 44
  • average in FL is 19.00
  • we don't see small square bales here in no.calif.
  • Down here in South Florida it's outragious... we pay around $17
  • #60 - #65 bales of Coastal Bermuda
  • I'm lucky, they grow premium timothy in the mountain valley where my horses and I live.
  • I pay $3.25 for Orchard grass. Then its delivered and stacked in the barn for a total of $5.00
  • Nothing- we grow our own!
  • Expensive but high quality and firmly packed.
  • also feed small rounds @75 and haylege@60
  • hay is awfully high but is cheaper than gas here in oklahoma
  • I have a very generous dairy farmer that does some grass hay for me and a few other horse people.
  • I feed round bales that are so scarce, it isn't funny. It has gone from $30/bale to $65 and up.
  • 3.65 for 2nd cutting grass alfalfa mix
  • 45 pound, off the field, 4.25
  • Was $7 summer of '09, then $7.50 fall of '09, now $8.25 winter '10
  • this is for coastal. marion county florida and area.
  • too much!
  • 12% protein
  • Nice grass mix
  • Can find some under 3.00 but very poor quality.Hard to find any decent hay right now.
  • HUGE round bales, 95$
  • I buy brome and sometimes coastal bermuda
  • $4.25 delivered Alfalfa & Grass Hay
  • $13.00 for alfala and $9.25 for Coastal
  • I feed medium sqs
  • 4-5 for 100 bales picked up at the barn
  • alfalfa orchard grass mix
  • Tift Bermuda grass
  • alfalfa and alfalfa/grass mix, costs more than $11 here
  • We live in New Mexico and this has been the price for the past couple of years.
  • $15.50 a bale for grass hay have paid s high as $19.50
  • I buy field grass hay from a local farmer, and have been very pleased. My horses mostly rescues.
  • I paid $1.00 per bale if I took it directly from the field. Decent grass hay at a wonderful price!
  • My 26 yr old TB eats a Timothy/Alfalfa mix at $15/bale here in SC. Fescue/Coastal means colic. Ugh.
  • around $7 bought this summer, not sure how much they are now
  • $2.50 + .50 per bales delivery
  • Around here small bales are $3.50 to $4.00
  • It's a good meadow grass & timothy mix that my horses really like. My hayman delivers all for $2.75
  • its grassy with a littel alfafa 1st cutting is a litte coarse but 2nd and 3rd usually are finer
  • This is the only kind available here
  • 60 lb sm rectangles=$6.50/bale
  • we paid $2.00-3.50 this past fall
  • 65 lb bales
  • coastal hay
  • $3.50 for grass, mix, and 2nd crop alfalfa, $3.75 for 3rd crop alfalfa
  • Coastal Hay - Central Florida
  • about $8 per 65 pound bale, you pick up and haul in WY. Big bales are taking over! HELP!
  • Depends on what you consider small?????
  • $5.00 is the going rate, $50.00 round bales. Thank God for the rye field
  • I purchased 4th cutting alfalfa last fall for $4/bale!
  • bales vary in size and quality. regular bermuda hay, nothing fancy
  • I feed bales of compressed grass hay--with alfalfa and timothy mixed in--it averages to about $10.00
  • This $9.00 is half of what it was last year. I feed 6 horses 2 tons per month.
  • alfalfa/orchard grass mix 60 lb bales
  • Make our own & that's what I've determined they cost.
  • alfalfa orchard grass mix in VA
  • With abundance available most hay is rotting in the fields. Why do farmers do this?
  • It sucks - I remember when hay was $2.10 a bale.
  • They are not that small but we hbe a horse that can only have pony hay.
  • orchard grass/alfalfa mix
  • Out of the field, Grass/alfalfa Mix hay
  • excellent quality Bermuda
  • I'm feeding alfalfa hay at $17 per square bale.
  • timothy
  • I feed 50lb-80lb rectangular bales 50alf/50grass and they go for $14-18 in Northern Calif
  • I don't feed Coastal Bermuda, so I pay high prices for shipped hay from up north here in NC!
  • we feed only pellets
  • Feed 124lb+ alfalfa bales
  • $5.50 for coastal.Bales are heavy and weed free.Did pay $9/bale during drought prior yr.in SC
  • $6 fescue; $12 timothy/alfalfa
  • Whatever it takes to get my horses the hay they need.
  • we make our own, so our production costs are lower than buying. Shipping cots make up the difference
  • $3.50 delivered and unloaded - $2.50 I picked up
  • $125.00/ton this year for grass hay, down from $150.00/ton in 2008.
  • In Australia we pay anywhere from $15-$20 per small bale of lucerne hay!
  • Coastal - $6.00 per bale
  • Buy out of the field for the best price.
  • I am paying 3.50 a bale
  • Do you mean rectangular bales?
  • I buy extra hay for my thoroughbred because the barn owner is stingy with hay
  • 4.50, delivered weekly as I have limited storage
  • $6.50 currently;
  • $13.95 a bale for straight grass, barn-stored, in Northern Nevada
  • For $50 a round bale goes much further when we hand feed it.
  • depends on the type...fescue @$4 orchard/alfalfa @$8.50
  • about $15 for 110# bales orchard grass
  • $3.50 a bale and they put it away for me too
  • $3.00 delivered and stacked is good deal and good hay
  • 100# delivered and stacked
  • Seems like way too much!
  • 125lb bales of alfalfa I soted up during the summer
  • Arizona, lg rec bales 100 lbs, Bermuda $11, alfalfa $8
  • for alfalfa or alfalfa/mix
  • I pay $10-11/3 wire Bermuda
  • $4.00 alfalfa mixed
  • Western Oregon local timothy and local grass.
  • I live in an economically recessed area (Appalachia) so prices haven't gotten too far out of hand.
  • It's first cut grass w/straw chaff in it...Not my choice!
  • $4 to $4.50 per bale
  • Pacific Northwest from feed stores
  • Good quality coastal hay...weight about 50-55 lbs ea.
  • We feed alfalfa hay and still pay only $5 for square bales
  • Here, near Winston-Salem, NC, I paid $5.50 per bale for hay (fescue/orchard) delivered and stacked.
  • 100lbs
  • We grow our own.
  • grass hay
  • My horses' hay is paid for by helping the farmer; sweat equity!
  • $4 per bales for just mixed grass, down from $5 for the past 2 years (in my barn)
  • currently paying $13-$14 per 120# bale of bermuda, alfalfa is just a bit less, Tucson, AZ
  • It is getting to expensive to feed horses. I cut back in other areas of my life to feed my horses.
  • its a sellers market here
  • Depends on type of hay and weight; if it's Timothy or Orchard and over 100 lbs.
  • I've never seen these ever in So. CA
  • grass hay is in the $3 to $4 range depending on the type of hay it is. Alfalfa is in the $4.50 to $
  • $4 in bulk for farm, $7.50 from feed store
  • We don't buy hay, we sell it, but we rarely charge more than $3 for a small square bale.
  • I board so I don't pay out for hay but the barn owner pays $4/bale for fantastic 1st cut grass hay.
  • That's todays current price but I expect it to go up because of the drought and too little hay avail
  • I pay #.75 a good bale of green grass hay andhe delivers as I need it.
  • Oregon - $4-$5/50 lb. grass
  • $5.50, last year $7.50 found different source, local Va. hay
  • $14!!!
  • I buy from the local farmer during hay season.
  • $8.50 delivered, for grass/alfalfa mix in NM
  • Here in GA I am able to buy good quality hay for $4.75 per bale.
  • Buy in summer.
  • I've bought too much rotten hay this year. They are baling too soon ( even w'o rain )
  • We pay $6/bale for Teff hay. The horses love it!
  • This is mixed grass, no alfalfa in Ohio
  • 38 pound bales (grass hay)
  • North Alabama bermuda
  • I grow, cut and bale my own small square bales of coastal hay so I only pay for fertilizer.
  • West Central VA orchardgrass and orchard/alfalfa mix, not delivered
  • the bales are about 100 to 110 lbs.
  • Bermuda is basically the only decent hay in Az and it's expensive
  • Round bales $50
  • Grass or grass mix
  • great quality orchard grass in Lancaster, PA.
  • bermuda
  • Nothing, we bale our own.
  • 100 bales or more $7 to $9. Feed Stores normally 9 - 10.5 (coastal)
  • We've paid up to $14 in the Mojave for alfalfa or bermuda.
  • 80%grass/20%alfalfa MIX
  • Don't buy hay often because of the high cost here in Hawai'i.
  • $3/bale for orchard grass, which I offer free-choice. I feed alfalfa cubes (soaked) in the mornings.
  • In So. CA the bales are 80-100 lbs. for about $13-$30.
  • I buy the 100# bales when available or the 60#.
  • cheyenne, wy
  • 68# bales, delivered to our barn
  • I bought during cutting last summer
  • Good brome grass hay was $2.50 when I purchased it. Alfalfa was $3.50. This is in Nebraska.
  • I use compressed bales that run 10-11.00 per bale
  • coastal SC:$6.25 bermuda, $15 alfalfa
  • Thanks to my sister, my hay has been free for my draft and five donkeys.
  • that is for a combination grass hay and alfalfa
  • I can usually find small squares at $2.50 or $2.75 but will pay $3 to $3.25 if I have to.
  • 6.00 for excellent 3rd cutting soft mix hay
  • I don't pay for my hay - but we sell it to others.
  • $5.00 for good size Bermuda Coastal
  • I live in CA and small bales are about the only kind of hay we have..was paying $17 per bale last yr
  • I buy 2 wire bales direct from a local grower
  • Tucson, AZ 11-12 per bale
  • We buy from a nearby farmer; good quality but the bales seem smaller every year (but not cheaper!)
  • $3.50
  • high end cost for low end hay- can't afford the "better" stuff at more than 2X the price
  • price depends on cut 1st, 2nd or 3rd, and quality
  • this is terrible because i am caring for 7 abused horses out of my pocket.
  • Small bales are not available her
  • Georgia Coastal
  • Timothy/alf mix
  • It's painful, but necessary.
  • Prices are always going up, never down! In NH I have a great honest private supplier.
  • Our small bales of Bermuda grass usually weigh #110 - #120 and are $13/blae.
  • In Minnesota good grass hay starts at 4.50 alfalfa mixes much more
  • I pay 2.50 for small squares, but I pick them up right from the field, do most of the work unloading
  • 1st cut small grass bales at $3, large alfalfa/grass mix @ $4.50
  • $4.35
  • 3.75 for fertilized bermuda, high quality
  • Hay fields are irrigated here in OR - it's expensive!
  • $4 in central IN
  • good quality second cut
  • I pay $5.25 delivered and stacked
  • There's plenty of hay to be found in MN.
  • $25 Tim and $17 Oat in southern CA
  • for grass hay
  • lucky ~ we bale our own horse hay
  • Buy the best quality possible thereby can feed less with no waste. They eat it all!
  • I'm paying a back breaking 10.95. it is great hay, since i have NO grass i pay the extra fine. :)
  • price depending on quality & cut
  • yikes here in south florida 11.00 would be a steal!!!!!!!
  • Virginia orchard grass
  • $4.40 for locally grown hay, picked up at the field
  • good quality grass hay
  • Depends on the type
  • I have a farmer near me that he and his wife put up alot of hay each season and it is a grass mix.
  • My hay is superior quality so i don't mind paying for it!

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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