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Viewers Speak: Elk Herd & Hay Costs
Nov 14, 2011
***Editor's Note: The following comments were received in response to the November 12-13, 2011 edition of U.S. Farm Report...
#1: After watching the farm report on CBS this morning, I was curious about the costs relative to hay transportation. Consider the dehydration of hay into pellets, such as in Freemont, NE, the DEHY Company...back in 1964, I worked for that company driving truck loads of chopped alpha hay dumped into a mill. The process produced the alpha pellets which provided all the benefits of the hay without the bulk. Other forms of edible protein could make up the bulk requirement, usually there are other forms of locally grown filler to add to the pellets. John Merryman - Ocean View, DE
#2: You reported that Colorado has the largest elk herd in the U.S. Did you mean the lower 48? Surely Alaska has a larger herd than Colorado. I believe you misspoke. Noreen Zurek - Reed City, MI
***Editor's Note: According to data from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Colorado does indeed lead the nation in the number of elk - details provided in this link: http://www.rmef.org/NewsandMedia/NewsReleases/2009/ElkPopulations.htm