Some cattle producers in Canada could face a hay shortage this winter. Saskatchewan ranchers looking for local feed this winter might have a difficult time, but other provinces saw near-record hay production.
Commodity News Service Canada reports localized shortages will prompt producers to find other sources. However, how soon depends on how much hay they have stockpiled. Also, lower-quality grain crops harvested in drought-ravaged southwestern and south-central Saskatchewan may offer cattle producers an alternative.
Adding to the problem, many farmers in southwestern and south-central areas have had to take cattle off grazing lands early to preserve pastures. Early feeding brings an added expense to producers.
One expert suggested that if alternative supplies and cost “don’t pencil out,” then producers will consider destocking.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.