BELEN— Livestock owners will now have an easier time finding hay dealers, thanks to a new website developed by a pair of New Mexico farmers.
Owners and creators of hayfinders.com, Orlando Castillo and Joey Fresquez, know about the difficulty of locating hay and launched the site to connect the consumer directly to the farmer.
“There are more than 24,000 farms and ranches in New Mexico,” Fresquez said. “Hayfinders.com helps livestock owners in need of hay to access small and large quantities, as well as help the farmers who have hay available.”
Castillo and Fresquez, who are brothers-in-law, have explored different career paths, although they’ve always had a tie to ranching and farming.
Castillo was born and raised on a small alfalfa farm in Valencia County, while Fresquez grew up in a ranching community in northern New Mexico. Fresquez, married to Castillo’s sister, now owns the family hay farm.
In addition to farming, Castillo has a background in web development and, with Fresquez’s knowledge of the current hay market, creating hayfinders.com was the next step. When the duo knew they were ready to move forward with their venture, they visited the New Mexico Small Business Development Center at UNM-Valencia.