Most Nebraska landowners have experienced optimal precipitation this summer while devastation has been occurring in the drought-stricken areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Nebraska Cattlemen is developing a list of individuals with available grass for lease or any other type of forage for sale to help our southern neighbors.
If you have grass available or any other forage for sale, please contact Nebraska Cattlemen at the Lincoln office, 402-475-2333, or in their western Nebraska office, 308-760-6464.Nebraska Cattlemen will be a clearing house for information only and all agreements will be handled between the producers involved.
Nebraska Cattlemen have heard comments from those that are suffering, who express a need for hay because they are trying to "save the genetics I have worked a lifetime to develop."
Once this list is developed, Nebraska Cattlemen will be able to provide those state cattle associations in the drought-stricken areas a resource to turn to for help.
"Every cattle producer has faced situations where they had limited resources brought about by the environment," says Art Brownlee, Nebraska Cattlemen Brand and Property Rights Committee Chairman.
"Nebraska Cattlemen has the opportunity to be a resource to ask those who can provide support for the cattle industry to call in with their information."
In addition, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach reminds producers of the availability of the NDA Hay and Forage Hotline.
"Many of our neighbors here in the Midwest have been experiencing flooding, while our neighbors in the South have been dealing with extreme drought," says Ibach. "The Hay and Forage Hotline is a way for producers who have hay for sale to connect with those that are in need of hay."
The Hotline was established in 2002 in response to the need to connect buyers and sellers of hay due to extreme drought conditions in parts of the state. The free service continues to be available to all buyers and sellers.
Those wishing to sell hay or forage can call 800-422-6692 to request that their information be added to the listing. Those wishing to purchase hay can access the list on-line at www.agr.ne.gov or may request a copy by calling 800-422-6692.
Potential buyers can make contact will sellers through the listing and negotiate transactions. NDA does not participate in the transaction process nor does NDA endorse any of the hay or forage being sold.