Emergency Hay Program
On Dec. 4, the Council of State voted unanimously to authorize the state to use up to $3.5 million to purchase and transport hay to North Carolina. The state will sell the hay to livestock owners for the same price the state pays for the forage and transportation.
Loads have begun to arrive in the state. Livestock owners should contact the location closest to them about hay availability. For general questions, contact the department's toll-free Hay Alert hotline at 1-866-506-6222.
Large and small bales will be available at each of the following locations:
- Mountain Research Station, 265 Test Farm Road, Waynesville, (828) 456-3943;
- Upper Mountain Research Station, 8004 N.C. Highway 88 East, Laurel Springs, (336) 982-2501;
- Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury, (704) 278-2624;
- Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, 2914 Sandy Ridge Road, Colfax, (336) 605-9157;
- Caswell Research Farm, 2415 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston, (252) 208-3360;
- Oxford Tobacco Research Station, 300 Providence Road, Oxford, (919) 693-2483.
The six distribution sites were chosen because of their proximity to areas with large livestock populations where the need for hay is great. They also have the facilities for storing hay.
To serve as many people's emergency needs as possible, the program currenlty limits livestock owners to purchasing up to four large bales and 20 small bales per day. Limits may be adjusted based on supply and demand.
Hay buyers must have an N.C. Farm ID Premises Identification Number. If you do not have one, download the registration form (PDF file), fill it out and bring it with you to a distribution site. This will start the Farm ID registration process and qualify you to purchase hay.
NOTE: If you need a full truckload of hay, you are encouraged to use the Hay Alert Web site or hotline to find and order hay. By doing this, you could be eligible for transportation cost-share assistance of up to $500 per load through Ag Partners or Equine Partners. This should be more economical than buying hay from the Emergency Hay Program.
Updated January 4, 2008
Sometimes people I don't know send me things that are so good I just have to share it if I can. I got permission to reprint this email from Antonio Vacci (who, as it turns out, I cited an article of his at the ACL several years ago):