Hay production is up in East Texas, but ranchers are not out of the woods yet
Tyler, TX (KETK) — The rainfall over the last few months has made life a little easier for East Texas ranchers.... but that does not mean hay producers are out of the woods yet.
Large rolls of hay, something that was very rare last summer, are a welcomed sight in East Texas, but producers want to make it clear, life in the pasture is still not easy, and this season is about restocking, and repairing.
The recent rainfall in East Texas has revitalized local hay production, but the golden twine is still costly.
And rain is not an equal opportunity employer.
Which is why at Donna Liebbe's 4 L Ranch in Lindale, still has higher priced hay.
Another lingering affect from last year's drought are all the dead, or weakened trees.
They cause a problem for ranchers when they fall into their pastures, messing up their hay crop, as well as their equipment.
Just some more hidden costs.
Producers tell KETK they are just being realistic, but they are pleased with the weather's positive trend.