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May/June Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, May 08, 2018

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WE GOT MORE RAIN!

 

If you remember the last newsletter we were looking forward to a rain event that would push us over 10 inches of rain for this season. We exceeded that and are now over 12 inches! Still well below normal, but for now it is all good. That’s good news for the Oat and Rye hay. I know the hot days are coming soon, so enjoy this mild weather while it lasts! Of course we have no control but as we get into May they will be cutting grain and grass hay. Let’s hope the rain doesn't come visiting then! Any rain as it gets close to harvest time diminishes the quality of the hay and too much will actually render it unfit for horses .... such critical timing! Farmers have to have stomachs of iron to face weather that is beyond their control. Really we don’t consider hay to be horse quality until it is cut, baled, and put into the barn all without any rain .... a 2 to 3 week process! That’s a lot to ask!

 

FEED AND GRAIN MARKETS

 

Some feed, especially higher protein feed that uses soybean as a protein source continues to inch upward. Some of these have actually seen increases ranging from 25 to 75 cents per bag. I wish we didn't have to raise prices but unfortunately we have to follow the grain markets. Hay prices are holding strong, but it is too early to forecast what they will do once the new crop becomes available sometime toward the end of May. Remember, since the majority of our hay is sold for horses, we try to have enough of last year’s Alfalfa to last until 3rd cutting. Why? 1st cutting Alfalfa is far too rich in protein for horses and can lead to colic. It makes excellent dairy cow hay because high protein results in higher milk production, in fact dairies will pay a premium for this high protein hay. The same is true for dairy goats, but be careful! In years past I have seen dairy goats have difficulties when switching from lower protein 3rd or 4th cutting Alfalfa to 1st cutting. If at all possible make this change gradually. Also for our sensitive horses, the 1st and 2nd cutting Alfalfa is where you will find more noxious weeds. By 3rd and 4th cutting (your best bet for Alfalfa for horses), the weeds can’t compete with the rapid Alfalfa growth due to warmer weather and longer days. Often, customers wonder with all the pretty new green Alfalfa in the fields, why are we still selling last years hay? Now you understand why!

 

STEEL

 

Steel pricing is close to being out of control! We have made some early purchases to hedge the price increases as much as possible but it is going up. If you need a new gate, fence, or anything steel I suggest buying it sooner than later! Hope this information helps.

 

Thank you all for your business! Roland

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