Navajo agriculture group warns of hay shortage

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The haylofts in northwest New Mexico are nearly bare and the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry is warning it could actually run out alfalfa hay by the weekend.

NAPI is a major supplier in San Juan County. The Daily Times reports the crucial livestock feed has been in short supply this year because of drought.

The massive Navajo Nation farm sells hay on contract to dairies and other customers and to the public from its storage facility south of Farmington and a sales office at Shonto, Ariz.

Prices for alfalfa hay have climbed throughout the Southwest.

Hay is tough to come by — and increasingly expensive — throughout the region. Demand from ranchers in Texas and southern New Mexico, where drought is devastating agriculture, is rippling throughout the feed market.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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