Posted 04-27-2001 at 09:07:32
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Prices vary by location and bartering all over, but here's what I pay in SE Texas per year.
$5 per acre on grazing land and I do all the fence work and up keep to include fertilizers and herbicide/bushhog to keep brush out
$10 per acre on hay ground and I furnish fertilizer.
On share hay ground I get 2 out of 3 bales and the owner picks his up in the fields.
As high as the fuel price is getting this year I may have to go to 3 out of 4 bales.
I pay my lumpers 10 cent per-bale per man and keep 5 men to the crew. 3 pitching-1 stacking, 1 driver.
The lumpers rotate anyway they want to on the back but my drivers are 2 old grumpy coots like myself, that way the equipment and hay both stay in good shape.