Kansas producer says there’s record demand for hay as the market gets tighter

A Kansas livestock producer says this year’s drought is creating the tightest hay market he’s ever seen.

Keith Miller tells Brownfield prices have nearly doubled for all varieties of hay. “I’ve been hearing prices as high as $325 a ton for alfalfa.  I’m not selling mine for near that, but I have constant buyers.”

He says demand is extremely high with some hay being sold out of state. “Some is going different directions, but most of it is going to the feed yards to keep the cattle going because we have huge feedyards in Western Kansas.”

But, Miller, says he’s keeping most of his hay back for his own herd. “We’re so terribly short on hay this year, we’re trying to everything we can to feed until we absolutely have to.”

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