Drought conditions in Australia are affecting all livestock owners, including large Thoroughbred breeding farms, with an increased cost for hay and the potential for limited quality hay in the near future. Farms like Yarraman Stud and Arrowfield are considering or have implemented an additional fee on horse owners to cover the rising cost of quality forage.
There is no hay to be had out of Queensland and little to be bought out of the New South Wales. South Australia hay supplies are running low and the cost of feed is skyrocketing. Though many large equine operations have stockpiles of hay, there is concern about what will happen when those supplies run out. Small square bale are selling for $17 each with the cost expected to climb.
Farms like Darley Australia in Kelvinside have moved horses to different areas of the farm to try to offer them more grazing. In addition, Darley had to disperse its Charolais cattle herd, which had been part of the operation for years.
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