Short hay supplies and rising prices have resulted in an uptick in reported hay scams. Tony Hancock with the Missouri Department of Agriculture says, “Unfortunately, anytime there’s a bad situation, there are a small handful of folks out there that will take advantage of that.”
His advice for cattle producers? Proceed with caution. “We have some resources on our website at the Department of Agriculture, some tips for what to look for and how to deal with that,” he says. “If something seems fishy, then probably avoid it.