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title: 'Ranche and range. (North Yakima, Wash.) 1897-1902, April 29, 1897, Image 1',
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Ranche and Range.
VOL. I, NO. 4.
A CHAT ABOUT HAY.
Some Pointers for the Growers of the Northwest.-At» Interview
with Mr. E. F. lio.j.ardu-. of Seattle.
A reporter called the other day at the office of
Lilly, Bogardus & Co., Seattle, a firm which
handles a very large part of the grain and hay
shipped into that city. Mr. Ed. F. Bogardus was
present, and very kindly consented to talk a little
while for the benefit of our readers.
"What is the prospect for a market for hay in
vSeattle this year?" was asked.
"It would be difficult to make a prediction,"
was the reply. "It all depends on what kind of
a winter we have. You see the feeding season
Warehouses and Docks of Lilly, Bogardus & Co., (Inc.) Seattle, Wash.
last winter commenced in November and contin
ued until way into March. This made five solid
mouths of feeding. Western Oregon had a short
crop and had to buy from as. Then the floods
last fall destroyed a good deal on some parts of the
Sound. In Skagit valley alone something like
a thousand tons were destroyed by the water and
another thousand burned. Two thousand tons at
the present state of the market would come in
pretty nice in Seattle just now."
"Is the demand for hay growing on the Sound?"
"Well, yes; I may say that it is, for Eastern
Washington product particularly. The quantity
sent to Alaska is growing, while every two
months we are shipping by steamer good sized
NORTH YAKIMA, WASH., APRIL 29, 1897.
orders to South America. The latter is a market
thai is just opening up. There is a class of well
to-do people down there who keep fine driving
horses, and are willing to pay $50 per ton for our
hay, which is what it costs laid down there. The
trials they have made of Eastern Washington hay
seems to be very satisfactory and we are in hopes
that a good trade will be built up with that coun
try. They require the very best timothy and the '
quality Yakiina and Kittitas produces seems to
fill the bill."
"Can you make a rough estimate of the amount
of hay coming to this port in a year?" "Includ
ing that passing through and distributed to other
points, I should say it was about 15,000 tons." .
Foot of Marlon and Jackson streets.
"What kind of hay is principally consumed?"
"Well, there has been a big change in the demand
in the last three or four years. Then there was
very little inquiry for clover, alfalfa or mixed hay.
Today there are ten cars of alfalfa and clover
handled to where there was one four years ago. I
attribute this to the great increase in the dairying
industry. There has been more clover and red
top handled this winter than ever before. It is
raised on the Sound and comes in by the steamer
load. Neither alfalfa nor clover mixed hay is used
for feeding horses much. We have some logging
camps on our list that pay us willingly $3 or $4
more per ton for Kittitas and Vakima timothy
than for the Sound product. That certainly is a
$1 PKR YEAR.