Farm & Ranch April 2019

THE NORTH PLATTE TELEGRAP

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019

Those hay donations in your Facebook feed are a big deal By ROSEANN MORING BH News Service Soon after water came It’s a situation that makes for a lot of feel-good social media posts. “Goosebumps a mile high,” one woman post- to focus on rebuilding and caring for his cattle’s health.

Consider this: A cow can eat 24 pounds or more of hay each day. One 1,300-pound bale of hay can feed about 40 to 50 cattle for a day. “That was mind-blowing to me,” said Hannah Sucha, a teacher who along with her parents is helping or- ganize donation efforts in Verdigre, a town of 550 south of Niobrara.

Clint Pischel lost more than 50 calves at his ranch just north of the Niobrara River after the Spencer Dam broke. He’s received dona- tions through the efforts of Sucha’s family, and he said if he had to buy the hay it would likely cost thousands of dollars a month. He said the hay donations allow him

“Speaking for everybody that has been affected that has received hay, myself in- cluded,” Pischel said, “it’s a big help and I think we’d all say a big thank you and we appreciate it more than they know.” Please see HAY, Page D

flooding out of Nebraska’s rivers, hay started to come flooding in. And the deluge hasn’t stopped yet, with donations from around the coun- try arriving daily to feed Nebraska’s cattle.

ed on photos of hay bales being delivered from more than two dozen states. But it’s also serious busi- ness that could make the difference in farmers being able to keep their business- es going.

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