Hay prices pinch ranchers

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Hay prices pinch ranchers

Black market emerges as drought, fires hamper crops
“The hay is worth more than my cows right now,” says Bill Berg, who has a small herd of cattle at Ridge Ranch in Hygiene. Drought and fires during the last three years are diminishing yields, and many ranchers have to buy hay themselves to feed their livestock.
Ranchers, businesses and nonprofit groups in Colorado that rely on high-quality feed for their horses and steers are feeling more financial pressure as the price of hay climbs with poor-yielding crops.

Hay prices pinch ranchers

“The hay is worth more than my cows right now,” says Bill Berg, who has a small herd of cattle at Ridge Ranch in Hygiene. Drought and fires during the last three years are diminishing yields, and many ranchers have to buy hay themselves to feed their livestock.
Ranchers, businesses and nonprofit groups in Colorado that rely on high-quality feed for their horses and steers are feeling more financial pressure as the price of hay climbs with poor-yielding crops.
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