Our place is not big enough, nor do we own the equipment to grow and bale our own at a reasonable cost. So while we do let our alpaca graze the field in the summer, we buy most of their forage.
A couple of years ago I connected with a local farmer that produces a high-quality hay, that is suitable for alpaca, at a fair price.
I'm grateful that he is able to deliver small bales (~65-lbs each) multiple times a year.
The small bales are more expensive for him to produce, but they are easier for us to handle. He brings the hay on a flat-bed trailer and then stacks it in our barn... This is a huge benefit for us.
I'm happy to say that hay is less of a concern than it used to be. This load should last into May.