The scarcity of the hay has caused its price to increase dramatically.
The worst drought in Texas history has not only been disastrous for farmers but is also impacting cattle ranchers who are selling off some of their best cattle as a way to minimize their losses caused by a statewide hay shortage.
Windell Sisk, 73 years old, has been in the hay business since he was in high school.
“Hay was my FFA project in high school,” says Sisk. “I’ve been selling hay off and on ever since.”
He works with his son in the family business.
“We’ve had a good hay business every year except this year,” says Sisk.
This is the first year in his lifetime that he has not been able to produce hay. The current drought is to blame.