Hay Prices on the Rise

Hay is on the way to help drought stricken cattle farmers in Texas. The drought conditions in our state have prompted Louisiana's Agriculture and Forestry Commissioners to allow oversized loads of hay to be shipped to Texas at low cost.

Fred Dwyer has been a farmer much of his entire life and at this point he says he has enough feed to last him about 10 more days.  Fred also says he now joins the many farmers throughout Texas hunting for hay, but there does not seem to be enough to go around.

Fred Dwyer tells Newschannel 6, "You asked me when I would go into that get scared mode and not know what to do, well I'm there right now."

Fred is not alone when he says he really does not know what to do next. Farmers across Texas are struggling to feed their cattle.

Fred said, "This year we've pretty well missed the wheat crop, now we are going to lose the cotton crop, and raise no hay. The hay is pretty well through here dead."

And the lost crop of dead hay, because of the severe drought is causing for a large demand of hay. But the question is, where do you find it?

Fred says, "The hay deal will be tougher than a boot. It is just going to keep getting higher. Hay prices have probably doubled this summer right through here, if you can find any."

Missy Hodgin, Clay County's AgriLife Extension Agent - tells Newschannel 6 that she does not know of anyone local selling hay. Missy says the closest hay sold is near Houston and it is selling at 85 dollars a bale, not including delivery fees. Missy says farmers looking for hay are not the only ones calling in.

Missy said, "I've been getting calls from people looking for hay. I've had a call from as far away from North Dakota. A man wanted to bring a load of hay down here and sell it."

Fred Dwyer says even though prices are up farmers have to buy it as soon as they find it.

Fred tells Newschannel 6 the only way to find hay in Texas is to drive around. Fred says his grandson has hauled in hay from the Dallas area and Eastern Oklahoma.

Clay County AgriLife Extension Office tells Newscahnnel 6 that a hay bale usually costs anywhere from 30 to 60 dollars each, but officials say they would not be surprised if that current price of 85 dollars goes up even higher.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6