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Our Hay Company

Started in 2005, the company has been producing hay and straw for equine and livestock industries throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Initally, Rick's Custom Baling only offered custom baling services in the York and Adams county area, for those without the time, equipment, or knowledge to do so. Following this time period, hay sales from crops produced on our own land grew in popularity and began to come our most valuable staple. While we still offer both Large Square Baling and Small Square Baling in the local area, we also concentrate on soundly producing and selling Large Squares and Small Squares of hay and straw to all facets of animals.

We meticulously manage our hay fields to achieve a balance of quality and quantity. Soil samples are taken on a yearly basis, to sustain our land's fertility and pH levels, and produce nutritional hay. Both manure and commercial fertilizer blends are added regularly, based on soil sample results. Fields are scouted regularly to monitor weed levels and suppress any weeds when pressure occurs. As everyone may know, making quality hay is extremely weather-dependent. Every effort is made to successfully harvest a crop which will maintain it's feed integrity during storage. Balers are equipped with moisture monitors and hay preservative applicators to read real-time moisture contents as the hay is being baled, helping to add soundness to the hay's feed quality and color. We produce and sell hay/straw in Large Square Bales (3'x3'x7') and Small Square Bales (14"x18"x38").

We invite you to look around our website. If you have any questions, feel free to call us or drop us an email. We look forward to working with you on meeting the needs of you and your animals.
Sincerely, The Jones Family.

Forage Services Offered
Hay and Straw sales - Variety of grasses and legumes (Alfalfa, Timothy, Orchardgrass, Mixed Grass, Wheat Straw, etc.)
Custom Mowing
Custom Baling and/or Raking
Hay Hauling
Forage Analysis
Pasture and Forage Management- Seeding, establishment, soil fertility, quality, when to harvest.
Forage Consulting
Pasture Revovations
Rotary Mowing (Bush hogging)
Land leasing/renting

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Cutting

This is first in the hay making process. We use a mower called a discbine that cuts and conditions the hay. Conditioning hay is the act of opening the stomata on the plant for respiration to continue, even though the plant is cut. Cutting can be done during a dry day or a rainy day. Even if it is raining, the cut plant still has the same amount of moisture in it as when it was standing. 

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Tedding

Tedding occurs immediately after cutting. As the hay is put through the tedder, it comes out of the tedder and is distributed evenly. In other words, it blankets the entire field with hay. This decreases drying time anywhere from 12 hours to 24 hours. It is a crucial piece of equipment needed to make quality hay.

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Raking

Raking occurs on the same day of baling once the hay is dry. We use a rotary rake that puts the hay in a fluffy, tall windrow. This type of raking allows the hay to still dry while being in a row, versus older style rakes that "rope" and twist the hay into a windrow, therefore prohibiting the hay to dry thoroughly.

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Small Bales

Baling is the process of picking the hay up off the ground, compressing it into approximately 10-12 flakes, and then tying the bale with plastic twine. We prefer to make bales approximately 38" long, which usually weigh 45 to 50 pounds, depending on the type of hay. Baling occurs when the hay is below 14% moisture. 

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Midsize Bales

3'x3'x7-8' can be produced, typically weighing from #500-700 pounds depending on length of bale, crop type, and moisture contents. These bales can contain 30-40 slabs per bale, which flake off similarly as small square bales. Moisture contents typically must be slightly lower in this larger package when compared against small square bales to minimize any chances of dust or mold. 

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Storage

The bales must be unloaded off the wagon as quick as possible to retain nutritional quality and color. If needed, we can provide labor to throw the bales for an additional charge. Bales should be stored with the twine to the side, and the cut side of the bale being on top. The cut side of a bale is the side which is cut by the plunger as it starts to pass though the baler.


Pennsylvania Hay For Sale

Rick`s Custom Baling strives to offer top Pennsylvania horse-quality forage at an affordable prices. Making our own Pennsylvania hay, we take pride in our prduct as an effecient feed source. Hay fields are carefully managed to consistently produce quality hay year after year. We use a combination of traditional techniques and newer technology to ensure any hay is produced dry, timely and efficiently. If we don`t have the hay you are looking for, we will work to locate it for you.

Please contact us to find out our Hay for Sale prices!

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Hay For Sale in PA

These are the current types of hay we have for sale

Type HayCut Size Price
TimothyFirstLarge SquareCall for price
OrchardFirst, SecondSmall SquareCall for price
AlfalfaFirst, SecondSmall SquareCall for price
StrawFirstSmall SquareCall for price
Timothy/AlfalfaFirstSmall SquareCall for price
  1. What types of hay and straw do you have available?  - During a year, we will carry Alfalfa, Alfalfa/Orchardgrass, Timothy, Mixed Grass, and Wheat Straw. However, some of these varieties are in higher demand and are not always available for sale year-round.
  2. Do you have horse-quality hay?  - Yes. Of the hay we produce and sell, 90%-95% of it is sold as horse-hay. Our hay has been fed to all walks of farm animals such as horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
  3. What is the difference between 1st cutting, 2nd cutting, 3rd cutting, etc.? - First cutting is taken early in the summer typically after heading on grasses or bloom on Alfalfa. First cutting provides the greatest yield but typically is slightly lower in nutritional quality, slightly lower palatability but is also cheaper because of this. Later cuttings are harvested in vegetative stages for grasses, and 1/10th bloom for Alfalfa. This leads to the hay being softer and more palatable, with a higher TDN (total digestible nutrients). As yield on later cuttings decline, the price for the forage slightly increases.
  4. Do you deliver? If so, how much can you bring?  - Yes, we can deliver to most any places along the mid-Atlantic. We do have minimum amounts based on delivery distances. Sending an email or calling would be the best advice to see if we can accommodate a minimum amount to your location. We typically can deliver up to 300 bales on a gooseneck flatbed, and up to 600 bales on a semi-truck dry van trailer.
  5. Will you unload the hay off of the trailer? Can you stack it in my barn? - We will unload the hay off of the truck and/or trailer, but it is the customer's responsibility if they would like it stacked in their barn. We can provide stacking for a low additional fee (semi loads excluded). Typically 1-2 people for stacking a delivery of up to 300 bales, and 3-4 people for a semi load is sufficient help.
  6. What all do I need to have ready at my barn on the day of delivery?  -  If the hay is being stored at a lower level such in a hay shed, stalls, garage, etc., its appreciated if there is plenty of space available to maneuver the truck and/or trailer as close as possible. We also recommend not allowing the hay to have direct contact with the floor, since the bottom layer of bales we absorb dampness given off by stone, soil, or concrete. Placing skids and/or any type of vapor barrier on the floor is an inexpensive and easy way to keep the bottom bales from absorbing moisture. If the hay is being stored at an elevated level such as a loft, we ask that a hay elevator is provided or we can bring an elevator for a low additional fee.
  7. What size are your bales? - The typical small square bale measures 14" x 18" x 38". Our small square bales of hay vary in weight depending on the type of hay. Varieties like Alfalfa, A/O, and Timothy typically can be around 46-50 pounds, while mixed grass is around 42-44 pounds. Wheat straw bales weigh approximately 32 pounds. We also have 3' x 3'x 7' mid-size square bales that weigh approximately 500 pounds each.

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