From Hay & Forage Grower:

“The price of alfalfa hay has just gone through the roof,” says Dan Putnam of $320/ton and higher delivered prices for first cutting coming out of the Imperial Valley to dairies in the Central Valley.

“It’s been phenomenal. I don’t think hay growers in Imperial have ever seen prices this high,” the University of California Extension forage specialist says.

Hay supplies are tight across the central part of the state, according to USDA’s California Weekly Hay Report, and that’s forcing some dairies around Tulare, Visalia, Hanford and Bakersfield to pay as high as $335-345/ton prices for new hay brought in.

For more, see: California Dairies Paying Dearly For Hay