Hay auction started in Missouri to meet growing demand

A long-time hay broker has launched a monthly hay auction in southwest Missouri to help livestock producers source fall and winter forages.  The auction was started by Bill Garrett, owner of Garrett Hay Farm.

Tony Hancock with the Missouri Department of Agriculture says supplies are short. “We’re in a drought, so we know demand is really high,” he says.  “They’re cautious about what it will be when the weather changes. But right now, it’s working out really well for them. They said they had over 100 active bidders at the last auction.”

Hancock tells Brownfield hay auctions are more common in other states, but so far, the auctions have been successful. “And they sold over 900 tons of hay at their last auction down in Southwest Missouri,” he says.

More than 800 tons of hay are expected at this weekend’s sale – with the offering to include alfalfa, prairie, fescue, teff, Bermuda, brome, and straw.  Different sizes, including rounds, large and small square bales, will be offered.

The auction is set for Saturday, December 2nd at 10 am in Golden City, MO. 

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