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Last Year's Drought Left Farmers Scrambling To Feed Livestock

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Many wonder why feeding horses and other live stock has become so difficult.

It all goes back to the severe drought we saw last year, which local farmers say killed over half the hay supply.

They say that's left anyone who owns horses or other livestock scrambling to find food to feed them.

Jodi Pursifull says the drought reduced her hay so much she was forced her to turn about half her buyers away and many of them got stuck paying double.

“A lot of farmers couldn't afford that so they were buying smaller quantities and trying make that go a lot farther for their animals,” Pursifull said.

“It's been a tough year for all livestock producers just to get through the winter with enough feed . . to keep their animals in good shape,” Pursifull said.

Officials say many haven't been able to keep them in good shape.

The market is making a bad problem even worse.

“The market is down on horses. You can't get a fair price for them. A lot of people are stuck with them and if you don't have the money to buy feed it can be a bad situation,” Stacy White said.

Jodi Pursifull says she hasn't had horses for years, but says she can see why some farmers can get stuck in a bad situation.


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