Price of Hay Still in Stratosphere

A bale of alfalfa-grass mix fetched $36 today at the local feed store, 20 bales minimum, no change from November.  The single-bale price was $37.

The average horse would need around five bales per month, putting the cost of feed at $180 per AUM.

As for the concentrates, in 50-pound sacks, Equine Senior was $35 and rice bran pellets went for $30 each.

Layena Crumbles, for chickens, sold for $29.

The one-horse pony says his policies are working, which would be true if the goal is to put average American families out of business.

Meanwhile, on the range, the new grazing fee should be announced within days.

Ranchers currently pay $1.35 per AUM to feed their livestock on public lands, a bit less than what they’re paying on private lands, including their own, which explains why they want more wild horses crammed into feedlots at taxpayer expense.

RELATED: No Change in Price of Hay.

That’s a Lot of Water!

News reports said the storm on December 31 dumped five inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

That’s equivalent to 135,771 gallons, or 563 tons, on a one-acre parcel.

The ranch covers 20 acres, for a total of 2.7 million gallons.

Your host spent most of the day cleaning drains and trenches to alleviate flooding.

The creek across the street, which drains a much larger area, was gushing.

RELATED: How Much Rain Did We Get?

The Downside of Big Box Stores

If you find something you like at Home Depot, go buy another one because when you need to replace it, they won’t have it.

The 18″ True Temper rake discussed previously has been out of stock for over a year but a nearby store had them on December 24, so I bought three.

They were $16 each two years ago but the price last week was $20.

Over the summer the local garden center had similar model by Flexrake.  Price was $35.

New Rake

South Dakota Off-Range Pasture Sells for $37 Million

It’s listed as Vale/Geldings in the November Facility Report, covering 47,883 total acres, including 41,882 deeded acres, with a capacity of 1,000 horses, plus cattle.

More information by listing agent.

The seller, a 2009 Powerball winner, doubled his money in the transaction, according to a story by the Dakota Free Press.

The buyer is Kansas-based farm and ranching outfit J-Six South Dakota Land Holdings.

The article did not say if the new owners would continue to stockpile wild horses.

RELATED: Roughing It on the Range.

First Batch of Mesa Verde Horses Up for Adoption

Eight mares and four geldings will be ready for adoption in the next two weeks, according to a story by The Journal of Cortez, CO.

The program features a reverse incentive: You pay them $1,000.

Training consists of bribing them with alfalfa cubes.  Traditional methods, such as release of pressure, apparently are foreign concepts to the staff at Mustang Camp.

Mustang Camp Training Process 11-30-22

How is that going to work when you bring one of them home and you’re not a subscriber to their methods?

RELATED: Mesa Verde Wild Horses Arrive at Mustang Camp.

60 Minutes Looks at Wyoming Honor Farm

The report hasn’t been posted to YouTube but you can view it at CBS News.

The compound is listed as “Riverton Prison” in the September facility report.

This chart indicates that public lands in the western U.S. can support many more horses than the government admits and explains why so many are being forced therefrom.

Amtrak on the Range 11-21-22

Imagine the possibilities when most of your costs are subsidized by American taxpayers.

Life at Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary (Off-Range Pasture)

The BLM Facility Report refers to it as “Lander,” with a capacity of 225 horses, one of four long-term pastures open to the public.

Unadopted and unadoptable horses, most of whom were removed from their lawful homes in favor of privately owned livestock, are sent there to die.

The Wind River Sanctuary was established in 2016 on the 900-acre Double D Ranch near Lander, WY.  Tours are available by appointment.

Contrary to remarks in the video, overpopulation means more horses than allowed by plan, not necessarily more horses than the land can support.

At the North Lander Complex, not far from the sanctuary, livestock receive over seven times more forage than the horses.

The four HMAs in the Complex can support four thousand more horses than the BLM allows, to be achieved by confining the ranchers to their base properties in a year-round off-season and expecting them to pay the going rate to feed their animals.

The film includes footage from the McCullough Peaks HMA, where a similar situation exists, but the advocates are going after the horses with their favorite pesticide, referred to on these pages as the Montana Solution.

The problem is resource management, not humane management.

Price of Hay Unchanged

A bale of alfalfa-grass mix was $36 today, the same as July and August, 20 bales minimum.

The single-bale price was $37, also unchanged.

The price in July last year was $19 per bale, 20 bales minimum.

The average horse would need five bales per month, putting the cost of feed at $180 per AUM.

The public-lands ranchers currently pay $1.35 per AUM, a price that’s been stuck in a time capsule with only minor adjustments since the 1960s.

Taxpayers pick up the tab for the removal, processing and stockpiling of wild horses, allowing them to profit handsomely from this government giveaway.

One of their greatest fears is paying market rates to feed their animals.

RELATED: Price of Hay Hits New Record.

R3C Saddle-Started Horses Up for Adoption

Displaced from their home range by permitted grazing and placed into the inmate training program, two geldings and a mare will be offered in an online auction hosted by the BLM on July 14, from 6 to 8 PM pacific time.

The news release said the animals can be picked up on July 16 by appointment at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, CA.

Details at the R3C adoption page.

Price of Hay Hits New Record

A bale of alfalfa-grass mix was $36 today, 20 bales minimum, up from $30 per bale on June 4, a 20% increase in just four weeks.  The single-bale price was $37.

The price was $19 per bale a year ago.

The average horse would need five bales per month, which works out to $180 per AUM.

The $1,000 adoption incentive would keep your mustang fed for five to six months.

The price of forage to the public-lands ranchers has not changed in the past year, $1.35 per AUM.

Better to cram more wild horses into the feedlots and stick the taxpayers with the bill.

RELATED: Hay Available But Unaffordable.

What Are Enteroliths?

They are mineral accumulations around a foreign object that form round, triangular, or flat stones inside the bowel of a horse, usually over the course of several years.

They originate in the large colon and can lead to colic.

Refer to this Q&A by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The stones in the following photos were passed by a mare earlier this week, two on June 20 and two on June 21.

Symptoms began on June 19, including loss of appetite, restlessness, laying down.

The incident was preceded by diarrhea and appears to be resolving but is not over.

Enteroliths are associated with diets that are high in magnesium and protein, present in alfalfa, a staple for wild horses in off-range corrals.

The mare is a registered Paint and is 12 years old.

Enteroliths 06-22-22