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Where’s the hay?

I'm seeing an uncomfortable trend in farm feed shortages. No hay, bad hay, very expensive hay. Unfortunately the end result is people culling animals because they cannot afford to feed them if they can get feed in the first place. This trend takes at least one season to really show its ugly face. Dramatic increases in meat prices due to lack of availability. I started spraying my fields ( I grow organic lamb) with fierce fish fertilizer and it improved matters. A farmer associate mentioned it increased the bioavailability of nutrients in his pasture allowing his cattle to eat less. This is a start. Increasing organic matter in fields is another. Pasture rotation, cover crops, etc. It is important to understand the basics of where your food comes from and the trials involved in growing it, before it is only available to the super rich.

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