COLUMBIA, Mo. – As farmers and ranchers brace for another challenging winter, a new tool is available to find and list feedstuffs for sale. Feedstuff Finder has launched as a mobile-friendly, all-encompassing platform for individuals looking to buy or sell feedstuff products.
As persistent drought and transportation issues impact producers across the country, Feedstuff Finder offers a tangible solution to help livestock producers and feed producers find each other easily. Sourcing and pricing alternative feed sources is made more intuitive with the mapping tool in Feedstuff Finder’s searchable platform.
Sellers of co-products like soyhulls, distiller’s grain, or corn gluten feed as well as forages like corn silage or hay, can share prices, product information and locations with potential buyers at no cost. Buyers can view available products on an easy-to-navigate map, complete with product details and photos; buyers can also input their location to calculate an estimated delivery cost. Feedstuff listings are free and can be sorted by forage or co-product type and price per unit.
While this platform was developed by the University of Missouri Extension and piloted in the Show-Me State, Feedstuff Finder is a nationwide tool that can be used by anyone in the contiguous United States. As many feed products are transported across the country, Feedstuff Finder offers users a one-stop shop for viewing listings across multiple states.
“We hope to see Feedstuff Finder become the go-to platform for suppliers and livestock producers across the country,” said Wesley Tucker, MU Extension agricultural business specialist. “This is a one-of-a-kind tool that can better connect the industry and make sourcing local products easier. This winter many producers are going to be searching for feed, and Feedstuff Finder alleviates some of the stress associated with keeping livestock fed.”
Feed is the most significant cost for many livestock producers and major market risks exist as a variety of factors can affect the availability, cost and quality of feedstuff products. Feedstuff Finder can help livestock producers mitigate risk and provides a new demand avenue for forage and co-product sellers.
“Feedstuff Finder has been developed to make farmers’ lives simpler,” said Ryan Milhollin, MU Extension agricultural economist. “The platform helps producers and consumers of feedstuffs geographically find each other, cut transportation costs and manage tight winter feed supplies when costs and availability can be volatile.”
Visit www.feedstufffinder.org to view feedstuff product listings; individuals can create a free account to post products for sale.
University of Missouri Extension offers producers a range of decision-making tools and workshops to support farm business management and agricultural landowner decisions. Learn more at www.muext.us/AgBusiness and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AgBusinessMU.
Funding for this project was provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under Award Number 2021-70027-34694.
— University of Missouri