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Southwest Missouri hay market to continue as demand remains strong

Cattle producers have been able to feed less hay with the milder temperatures this winter.

But, Missouri Department of Agriculture’s market news manager Tony Hancock says demand remains strong – and the latest Southwest Missouri Hay Auction held in Golden City is a perfect example.  “There were still over 2000 bales of hay and over 100 buyers there,” he says.  “It was rocking and rolling.  The prices were a touch cheaper, but not significantly like we normally expect once grass gets here.”

He says that auction has been incredibly popular.  “It’s just a great source of price discovery for the hay market,” he says.

Hancock tells Brownfield he doesn’t expect demand for hay to fall off anytime soon. “Even with the grass greening up, we’re not out making any more hay yet,” he says.  “It still will be quite a while, even a couple of months, before we even think about that. So, for now, the hay market is still holding really good.”

The Southwest Missouri Hay Market is held the first Saturday of the month and will now run year-round.

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