Ranchers in need of hay
While some Colorado ranchers hit by recent blizzards are still looking for their cattle, others are now looking for hay.
“Most ranchers on the Eastern Plains graze their cattle for a good portion of the winter. The blanket of snow that has covered the plains makes this impossible now, and the hay supplies are dwindling rapidly,” said Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has put together a hay contact list on their website at http://www.coloradocattle.org, in response to the calls and requests they are getting. Anyone with available hay is encouraged to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including contact information, hay type, size/weight of bales, amount of hay available, location, shipping options, and cost. The information will be posted on the website as it comes in.
CCA is also working with the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) and Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) to secure drop locations for hay.
“The hay shortage in the blizzard areas is a big concern,” Fankhauser said. With several months of feeding before spring, ranchers in the blizzard areas are extremely concerned about their rapidly-dwindling hay supplies. Anyone with available hay is asked to call or e-mail CCA at (303) 431-6422 or CLA at (970) 378-0500, or visit the CCA website at http://www.coloradocattle.org.
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