The drought in Texas has left pastures brown and cattlemen and horse owners in a hay-buying frenzy to feed their hungry animals.
Now, local horse owners are worried that there will not be enough hay to get through the upcoming winter.
Stephanie Billingsley of Mississippihorses.org said, “We are afraid that by mid-winter our regular hay suppliers will be out of hay,” adding that many Texas farmers are paying above market price for hay.
Billingsley said many landowners in Mississippi cut hay, not for sale, but for their own use.
“These are the people we are trying to reach. Instead of letting the hay go to waste, we hope it will be donated to help abused and neglected horses.”
For more information, call Billingsley at (601) 201-8522, or visit www.Mississippihorses.org.
Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State University Extension Service forage and grazing systems specialist, said pastures were in desperate need of rains when Tropical Storm Lee passed through the state last Labor Day weekend. New growth should delay the need to start feeding hay until after the first frost.