Hay Available But Unaffordable

The price of alfalfa-grass mix was $30 today, twenty bales minimum.  The single-bale price was $31.  No shortages or waiting lines observed.

The price last July was $19 per bale, twenty bales minimum, putting the increase at 58% in eleven months.

The average horse would need five bales per month, which works out to $150 per AUM.

The price of forage to the public-lands ranchers over the same period was unchanged, $1.35 per AUM.

The grazing program insulates them from the realities of the market, at least on the cost side, another reason to take more wild horses off the range.

RELATED: Price of Hay Jumps Eight Percent in Eight Weeks.

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