Wisconsin farmers, suffering a feed shortage because of last summer's drought, are trying to buy hay in Utah to supply their huge dairy and livestock operations.
In a letter to the Utah Department of Agriculture, the state of Wisconsin asked for help in identifying producers, dealers and brokers in Utah who have hay and might be willing to sell it to Wisconsin farmers.The plea has also been issued to other hay-producing states.
Those interested in selling their hay should call DeeVon Bailey, Utah State University extension marketing specialist, who is compiling a list for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Bailey said potential sellers will need to provide their name, address, phone number, amount of hay for sale, size of hay bales, binding material and lab analysis, if available. Call Bailey at 750-2316 or Heidi Hillstead at 750-2326 to be added to the list.
"We're just providing a list of Utah sellers," Bailey said. "Contacts and negotiations will be made by individual buyers and sellers."
He said the list will also be made available to Utah dairy and livestock producers.