Maine Public interviews Knight for article about hay shortages
Colt Knight, state livestock specialist and associate extension professor at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to Maine Public about how livestock farmers in Maine are beginning to think differently about how they feed and care for their animals after the state’s third consecutive year of drought. Knight told Maine Public that higher temperatures increase the risk of heat stress in animals, and dry conditions often diminish hay production. Livestock producers in the southwest traditionally prepare for drought every year. “Some folks in the Northeast aren’t used to that mentality. I think they’re beginning to understand they probably need to plan for drought more often than they have in the past,” Knight said. The Bangor Daily News shared the Maine Public report.