Having just read the Gus Thomson piece noted in the subject line, I felt like something was missing (“No bailout for Placer livestock owners in hay, feed price rise,” Journal, Sept. 11).
Just last week, I and my hay supplier had this very conversation.
His reason for the rise in prices blames the wholesalers for selling a great majority of the harvest to Asian countries, while leaving us with the dregs, and forcing the local dairy barns, who buy 90 percent of the annual harvest, to close their businesses. This is an unfortunate result of a capitalist system like ours: there is no incentive to take care of our own community. But what can we do?
Nevertheless, I would like to see this article again with more in-depth research.
Dan Steuer, Loomis