The first load of donated hay was delivered to a drought stricken area near Altus, Okla., late last month and a second load is slated to arrive this week. But as organizers of the Waupun Equipment Hay Drive have learned, there is more work to be done.

Waupun Equipment began sponsoring a hay drive to rally Wisconsin farmer’s to donate hay that will be transported to areas in Texas and Oklahoma.

“We currently have enough hay donated to fill an additional eight semis,” says Carrie Mess, Waupun Equipment marketing director. “While we’re still encouraging donations of hay, we’re also looking for assistance with the cost of transportation. Even with generous discounts from our trucking partners the cost is around $2,500 to deliver each semi load of hay.”

Waupun Equipment has partnered with local agriculture agencies in the communities where the hay will be shipping to ensure it is distributed to those who need it the most.

“The hay that was sent is truly appreciated,” says Kerrick Hunter of Multi-Line Agent Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. “It is eye candy to cattle producers in our part of the country who have been forced to stare at their brown pastures all spring and summer. I have been talking to some of these guys and one of them described it as ‘hay from heaven.’”

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For additional information about the drive or how you can help, contact Carrie Mess at Waupun Equipment at (920) 324-3597 or email: