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ACCESS TO HAY: The 2018 Colorado Hay Directory is now available, and while in-state buyers will be interested, many in the directory sell out of state. Given the weather conditions of 2018, that’s good news for livestock producers.

Need hay? New directory available

Colorado releases the 2018 Hay Directory with a wide range of sources.

Varied weather conditions across the country may have livestock producers looking for hay — and Colorado producers may be able to fill the order. The state has published the 2018 Colorado Hay Directory, which is also online.

In a release announcing the publication, Wendy White, Colorado Department of Agriculture marketing specialist, noted that with dry conditions in the state and across the country, this publication “helps connect horse and livestock owners to the hay they need.”

The 32-page directory is filled with the names of suppliers and includes the sizes of bales offered, whether lab analysis is available for the hay, and the quantity on hand. The directory also divides providers by regions in the state, and listings may include information like weed-free status, or if hay is organic. Potential buyers will find sources for grass hay, alfalfa hay and mixes to suit the specific needs of most farms or ranches. For horse owners, “horse hay” is clearly identified as a type of hay available, too.

This is the 32nd edition of the directory, and it includes producers and brokers as well as companies that provide hay-related products and services.

The directory is published by CDA in cooperation with participating Colorado hay producers and Colorado State University Extension, and with support from Hutchison Inc., KeyAg and Tytan International.

The directory also includes information about the Certified Weed-Free Forage and Mulch program, which works to reduce noxious weeds and offers farmers the opportunity to sell their hay into a wider range of programs, including to national parks and monuments. In 2017, 32,000 acres in Colorado were certified as weed-free.

The online directory is available at coloradoagriculture.com — just look for the 2018 Hay Directory link. Or, get a copy of the directory from CDA by calling 303-869-9175.

Source: Colorado Department of Agriculture

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