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Ranchers Say Good Weather Produces a Great Hay Season

The wet end of the winter and the green spring allowed cattle ranchers to have a great season for hay.

"First cutting was very good. I'd guess thirty to forty percent better on most fields," says Rancher Stacey Scott.

Hay depends on moisture to grow and provides cattle with the necessary nutrients to stay healthy.

"They are getting a good product, they are eating things or hay with a lot of nutrients in it and really getting what they need from that, from that forage," says Derek Grant, Public Information Officer for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

An excess of rain before cattle ranchers are able to cut their hay will cause it to be too soggy, which makes it unusable. Good hay seasons cut down the costs for ranchers and allows them to leave the cattle out in the fields for a longer time.

"They are getting a good product, they are eating things or hay with a lot of nutrients in it and really getting what they need from that, from that forage," says Grant.

Currently, according to the USDA-CO Department of Agriculture Market News, alfalfa premium sells for around $225-230 per ton.


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