Every Saturday while we are out running errands we see large loads of hay coming out of the hay auction. We finally had a chance to go check it out. It would be nice to buy up a load of hay at wholesale prices in the fall.
The hay is brought in loaded onto pickup trucks and/or trailers and sold by the lot. It is listed as either number of bales or weight. We saw loads between 50-75 bales and 2000-3000 pounds. There appears to be a delivery charge of $1/mile and we aren't sure if that is from the auction or the farm the hay came from. Some sellers had an increase in delivery charge to $2/mile over ten miles. We didn't talk to anyone in the office about buyer's premiums and other business. This is definitely something worth checking out next fall when we are looking to load up the barn with hay for the winter.