Thursday, July 28, 2011
The state’s largest farm organization supports Gov. Mary Fallin’s executive order allowing truck drivers to haul larger loads of hay.
“This will make it possible for livestock producers to get hay to hungry livestock quicker,” said Mike Spradling, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
The drought has destroyed local hay fields, forcing producers to seek hay supplies from areas less affected by the drought.
Current rules require hay loads not to exceed 11 feet in width. The executive order increases the limit to 12 feet. A standard large round hay bale is six feet wide. The rule effectively doubles the number of bales a truck can carry without an additional permit.
“We applaud the governor for recognizing this need and for showing compassion during a stressful time for livestock producers,” Spradling said.