Drought and fires are creating the dual crisis of decreased hay availability and huge spikes in hay costs, putting farm animals in Washington State in danger of starvation.
Advertisements from hay growers and distributors make repeated references to ‘low yield, drought, fires, prices rising exponentially, and low inventory.’ This makes my heart race and my palms sweat. It’s the responsibility of my husband and me to keep our animals fed and healthy. The combined threat of decreasing hay availability and increasing hay prices isn’t just worrisome or alarming, it’s potentially deadly.
We see what’s going on daily. There just isn’t that much hay out there and people are buying and hoarding it, like toilet paper when the pandemic began.
Hay produced in Washington State is at a very low yield overall, due primarily to drought. Neighboring states have seen their hay decimated by fires and drought, and they are buying up our Washington hay for their animals. And hay harvests are a bust: Farmers can have up to three hay harvests a year, and many are struggling to just have one.
Many large animal owners are going to want purchase hay, and it won’t be available and or they won’t have the money to pay the huge price increases to get hay. What will happen to the horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, sheep, goats, and other farm animals that rely on hay to get through the winter? The answer is, we’re going to see more cases of animal starvation, owner relinquishment, and abandonment.
Here is where you come in. Donate today. Any amount, from small to big, is deeply appreciated.
Thank you for helping us fill our barn with hay for the fall and winter.
Kelly Lapham, Co-Founder
Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary
Did you know that farm animals need to supplement their feeding with hay? Here at Black Dawg Farm and sanctuary, we feed hay year round. For example this is what it takes to feed one of our average sized horses;
We have six full size horses, pony, miniature horse, miniature mule, three miniature donkeys, a cow, 11 goats and two sheep that all need hay. This amounts to 40 tons a year a hay that we need to feed.
We were able to purchase and fill our barn with 15 tons so far, however we will need to purchase another 25 tons in December and March to get us through to the following hay season. We need to pay for and reserve hay NOW before it becomes scarce and the hay becomes extremely expensive.
Thank you for you generously supporting our mission at Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary.
“How are we going to find hay for our animals? How are we going to pay so much more? What cost us $5,000 last week, will likely cost $15,000 this December.”
What You Can Do today!
Donate! Your contribution will help to cover the rising cost of hay, and help us fill our barn this winter, to ensure our animals have enough quality hay to eat.
Black Dawg Farm And Sanctuary
Black Dawg Farm And Sanctuary 12020 123rd Ave SE Rainier, WA 98576us
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