Buyer beware: Scams, drought and other factors affecting hay sales this year


December 11, 2022

STILLWATER, Okla. – Livestock owners who plan to purchase hay over the next few months need to make careful, informed decisions to protect their animals, especially when purchasing hay from out of state.

Buyers should be aware that the drought has significantly impacted forage quality this year. Low hay yields resulted in many producers baling up failed crops and other grass varieties not typically harvested as a forage. As a result, overall hay quality is lower.

“During the last drought, there was a lot of hay baled very mature along roadsides and abandoned fields with the lowest densi...

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