Livestock producers in portions of North Dakota are in need of feed. Excessive moisture, flooding and the early October snowstorm halted corn harvest and hay production. “With excessive moisture, it’s been a challenge to get hay out. If it was dry when it was put up, it got wet later on,” said North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Vice President and New Rockford rancher Jeff Schafer. “Another challenge is crop residue. In early fall, it was a challenge to get any stover up. The extent of stover baling is minimal.” According to North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, some producers only have feed for the next 60 days or less, but there are some places in western North Dakota with hay for sale. “Farmers may also be able to supplement distiller’s grains along with the poor quality hay,” said Goehring. “It’s important to work with a nutritionist or veterinarian to make sure there’s an adequate ration.” There are options available in the state to assist farmers and ranchers in securing feed, including the recently announced feed transportation cost-share program. The Farm Service Agency also offers Disaster Assistance Programs.
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