If there were an emergency warning system for livestock hay supply, Missouri would be in the red zone.
"The recent ice storms that hit portions of Missouri have made it more difficult to feed livestock and available hay supplies are decreasing rapidly," says Fred Ferrell, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. "We are encouraging all hay producers that can spare portions of their supply to list their hay with the Missouri Hay Directory to help those in need."
MDA's Missouri Hay Directory is a free publication designed to help farmers buy and sell hay. The directory lists producer names, telephone numbers, amounts and types of hay for sale and bale size and shape. The publication is user-friendly and divides Missouri listings by counties along with listing out-of-state producers and truckers/dealers.
"With a few more months of feeding before the spring season, our livestock producers are continuously looking for hay and we are doing everything we can to meet their needs," Ferrell says.
Contact MDA's Hay Hotline at (800) 877-4HAY. The Missouri Hay Directory can be accessed by visiting www.mda.mo.gov/Market/haydirectory.htm.
Cattlemen's Help Line
Producers who have been affected by the January ice storm are urged to call the Missouri Cattlemen's Association at (888) 499-9162 or e-mail email@example.com to report damages and needs. Photos of storm damage are also needed. The photos and reports will help MCA staff better assess and respond to the needs of cattle producers affected by the storms.