Many small farms are unable to keep livestock any more. The drought has finished many. The need for hay far exceeds the resources. All calves but one went to the sale in hopes we could find hay for our seed stock. We wanted to keep our heifers this year since we had a beautiful bunch. We could not, not knowing if we would find hay or not. Many are making this choice and many have had to sell completely.
In south Arkansas peanuts are grown. They have a machine that pulls them up. After a few days, the peanuts are ready to be harvested. Another piece of equipment picks up the plants and shakes them to remove the peanuts. What is left has been baled for cattle feed. It would be an added bonus if peanuts voluntarily grow next year.
We are the lucky ones! We have feed! Our herd is the smallest it's been since we began. Hopefully the rains will come well timed and we can increase our herd again.
For now, we're happy...WE HAVE HAY!