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July 31, 2012

The Hay Connection: Ranchers utilize Facebook to share resources

CLAREMORE — Dry weather is effecting hay production in many parts of the country again this year.

Clint Round, an insurance adjuster from Glenpool, decided to create a Facebook page to help hay buyers, sellers and haulers get connected.
Round came up with the idea last August, after hearing about the problems buyers were experiencing in Texas and Oklahoma because of the drought.
The drought has caused hay buyers to purchase weed-free hay which is more expensive. Shipping of hay prices also increases, making it harder on ranchers and farmers.
Round and his brother, Casey, a rancher and horse trainer, worked together to get the page up and running.
The two were raised on a ranch and wanted to do something to help.
During the first few days of the launch, the page began attracting hundreds of postings daily and the word began to spread. 
Round said he was interviewed by just about all of the local television stations.
One story that ran on a CBS affiliate was picked up by the network.  Before long, people from California to New York were making posts on the page.
The usage continued well into the winter, he said.
One person showed interest in purchasing Hay Connection for commercial use.  Round was not interested.
He said the goal was never to make money, but instead help people who were going through a rough time.
For more information, contact Clint Round (918) 557-7500 or email him at punchyclint@yahoo.com 

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