ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers the online Maine hay directory as a means to connect buyers and sellers of Maine hay products.

“It is important for livestock farmers to find quality feed for their animals,” says Rick Kersbergen, Extension professor of sustainable dairy and forage systems. “Quality forages are the backbone of any feeding program for ruminants and horses, and is the cheapest source of nutrients as compared to grain and grain by-products.”

Consumers should always understand quality and use a forage test when available, especially since hay prices continue to rise. It is important to know what you are buying and how to feed it for profitable livestock farming.

The hay directory lists products for sale by county, and links to more information about testing hay quality. Buyers can search for local sources and sellers can list their products with a description, including type and quality if tested.

To get products listed, call 207-342-5971; contact Sonia Antunes, [email protected]; or BillieJo Pendleton, [email protected] 

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