Brett put in our monthly hay order the other day and noticed that the bill was much higher than usual. He called the feed store to see if there was an error somewhere. Nope. Hay prices have gone up by a couple dollars (so our orchard hay is now close to $25/square bale).
The lady at the feed store said alfalfa has seen the biggest jump. It was $12/bale and now it is $22! She said that most of the alfalfa from California is being shipped overseas, primarily to China and Russia. This strikes me as odd. Surely alfalfa grows there as well. And why the sudden need for so much alfalfa?
Have any of you heard this? Experienced it? I'm thankful that the only alfalfa we use is for the goats since they are still growing. It is a popular feed for horses here, probably in part due to its (past) low price. I imagine many people will be switching to grass hay now. I'm not sure what Bermuda goes for now but I suspect it may be cheaper than alfalfa.