Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

Drought presents tough challenges for livestock owners
Trent Taylor, a farmer north of Redmesa, said last year his alfalfa and grass mix was thick thanks to good moisture, but this year, it is almost bare in places because of a dry winter and spring. Without irrigation water from Long Hollow Dam, he would not have been able to harvest any hay this year.
For people lucky enough to produce a hay crop, the feed should fetch a premium price.
Trent Taylor a farmer north of Red Mesa said drought conditions since last fall almost killed off the grass that grows with his alfalfa. The grass adds bulk to the hay crop.

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

Trent Taylor, a farmer north of Redmesa, said last year his alfalfa and grass mix was thick thanks to good moisture, but this year, it is almost bare in places because of a dry winter and spring. Without irrigation water from Long Hollow Dam, he would not have been able to harvest any hay this year.
For people lucky enough to produce a hay crop, the feed should fetch a premium price.
Trent Taylor a farmer north of Red Mesa said drought conditions since last fall almost killed off the grass that grows with his alfalfa. The grass adds bulk to the hay crop.
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