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FeedList Connects Livestock Feed Buyers, Sellers

NDSU FeedList, drought, feedstuff, hay

Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent/Agriculture and Natural Resources

Drought conditions are still present across Mercer County. Many ranchers have been, or soon will be, cutting hay. Hay yields will be greatly reduced if rainfall does not occur soon. Ranchers in the county will likely be short of hay this fall and winter. The following article provides information on NDSU’s FeedList, which is available to anyone free of charge. This is an excellent, quick way to see what is available for purchase or to list feed you have for sale. Call me at the Extension office if you have questions.

Many North Dakota producers are experiencing the effects of drought conditions on their operations.

In addition, late spring frosts and plant pests have stressed the 2017 hay crop further.

Farmers and ranchers who have feedstuff such as hay or corn for sale can list it on North Dakota State University's FeedList website, which is designed to connect feed sellers and buyers. Producers also may list pasture they have for rent.

The FeedList, at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/feedlist, shows what each seller has for sale, how the feed is stored (large round bales, small bales, etc.) and the seller's contact information. Prospective buyers can select what they want to buy and contact the sellers. Using the FeedList is free of charge.

Anyone who wants to buy or has feed to sell can complete an online form at the site. Those who need entry help should contact their county office of the NDSU Extension Service.

All entries will be deleted automatically after 90 days. Buyers and sellers who no longer need the FeedList’s services before that should contact the FeedList coordinator, Elizabeth Cronin, at elizabeth.cronin@ndsu.edu to have the entry removed.

The FeedList website also has links to similar services in other states and information on needed and available feedlots and truckers.

"We wish all producers the best during this difficult time," says NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen. "We hope the FeedList can be used as a valuable resource for buyers and sellers of feeds."

For more information about managing cattle in a drought, producers should contact their county office of the NDSU Extension Service.

The FeedList has been available during feed shortages since the late 1970s.

Source: Carl Dahlen, 701-231-5588, carl.dahlen@ndsu.edu

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