American Horse Council Announces Webinar on Hay Shortages and How High Prices Affect Horse Owners

Hungry horse reaching for a bite of hay outside his stall.
Hungry horse reaching for a bite of hay outside his stall. Makarova Viktoria

Newsdate: Friday January 20, 2023 - 11:00 am

When it comes to purchasing hay this year, John Q. Horse Owner says, “We are between a rock and a hard place.” Nationally, hay stocks are down 6 percent year over year according to USDA’s Crop Production Report on January 12th.

Horse grazing in a recently mowed pasture.

Horse grazing in a recently mowed pasture

Hay shortages, high prices and spoilage are putting a strain on horse owners' wallets.
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We’ve already seen hay prices climb nationally,” Katelyn McCullock, Livestock Marketing Information Center Director said. “Alfalfa is well over $200 a ton, and other hay has been bouncing around $140-150 a ton. I don’t think this sets us up to have any sort of price breaks before this summer. And that’s only if you get a pretty good first cutting in some of these areas.”

Join AHC on Monday February 20, 2023, at 1:00 PM ET to hear from Louise Calderwood, Director of Regulatory Affairs at American Feed Industry Association; Emily Stearns AHC Health, Welfare & Regulatory Affairs Liaison, Ashley Harkins United Horse Coalition Director, and AHC President Julie Broadway on all the ways the equine industry is being impacted by hay shortages and high prices, recent botulism outbreaks, and learn about cost effective alternatives for feed/nutrition and resources for horse owners in need.

To register send an email to by February 17th noon ET.

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As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.

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