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Tested hay sale is in its thirty-first year

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer

The Houston County Forage and Grassland Council has completed planning for its thirty-first year of sponsoring a quality tested hay sale. With the run-up and recent drop in other feed prices it will be very interesting to see what is happening in the local hay market.

For 2009-2010, the hay auction will be held the second Friday of the following four months: December 11th, January 8th, February 12th, and March 12th. As in past years, the sale will be conducted at Green Power Equipment in Caledonia at 1:00 p.m. All lots of hay must be registered and tested between 9 a.m. and noon on the Thursday prior to the sale. Straw lots can also be registered on Friday 11 a.m. to noon.

All hay to be sold must be tested using the same Forage Testing Lab. The sale committee will collect samples for the hay analysis on the day prior to the sale with results posted prior to the sale.

Tare and gross weights from any state inspected/approved scale must be provided at registration. Load lots of 50 or more small square bales, or more than five large round, or large square bales, must be weighed. Load lots are encouraged. The same instructions apply for straw or bedding. Standard delivery is $3.00 per loaded mile from the sale yard, unless announced otherwise at the time of the sale.

Sample lots consist of 15 small square bales or one large round or large square bale to establish per ton price for sale of five ton with the same for straw or bedding. No stacks will be accepted. Sample lots must be picked up by the buyer within 30 days of the sale unless other arrangements are made on the day of the sale between buyer and seller.

Sellers may set a base bid to start the sale of their lot. This must be established prior to the auction and announced at the time the lot is sold.

A listing fee of $15 per load of hay or straw per grower, plus $5 for everything over three loads will be charged. There is a charge of $12 per lot of hay for lab testing. Payment will be collected prior to sale on sale day. In addition, lots over 14 ton will be charged $3/ton for each ton over 14 ton.

Green Power, Inc., The Houston County Forage Council, and the University of Minnesota Extension are not responsible for the return of wagons. Buyers and sellers must make their own arrangements for wagon return.

Forage Council President Merrill Deters wants to express his thanks to Ervin (Pinky) Barth, Gordon Klankowski, Maynard Welscher, and Russ Krech for their valuable volunteer assistance over the years. They would also like to acknowledge the assistance from the SWCD in sampling prior to each sale.

For further information prior to the sale, call 507-725-5807, on sale day call 507-725-7000. Stop at Green Power, Inc. parts counter to pick up entry card if load is brought in prior to registration.

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