ROSE HILL, Kansas - Some ranchers across the state are paying more than double the normal cost for bales of hay to feed their livestock, and they are starting to feel the impacts of the high costs.
"We used to get hay for 40 to 45 dollars for a round bale, 3 dollars for a square bale," Victor McMullen, founder of the Southern Winds Equine Rescue and Recovery Center south of Rose Hill, says." Now square bales are 7.50, round bales are 75 to 100 dollars."
The rescue has already paid more than $11,000 so far this year, more than double what it normally spends for hay. The dozen horses currently at the rescue go through one large round bale a week, even with the hay nets McMullen put in each stall to limit wasted feed.
"The average horse will cost you about 80 dollars a month for hay and food," he said. "And that is significant, now when the hay prices go up, the cost goes up there substantially."
Even with the struggles the rescue is facing, McMullen wants individuals with horses to know that the rescue i willing to help them out if necessary.
"Here at the rescue center, we have a hay bank," he said. "People get in trouble, they can call us, we take them a round bale rather than them letting a horse starve."
To contact Southern Winds Equine Rescue, call 316-858-3233.
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