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Shortage of Wood Shavings Could help with Sales of Straw

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YAKIMA, Wa -   One local business predicts the nationwide shortage for wood shavings could cause straw sales could go up.

Like many other stores in the northwest, Yakima Co-op is dealing with a pellet shortage.  That's because manufacturers are making more money selling their wood shavings to paper companies.

People who own horses or other farm animals also use those shavings for bedding. Now with the shortage, Yakima Co-op is stocking up on straw.

"There are no shavings to be had," says Pat Long of Yakima Co-op, "So people with horses, rabbits, any little critters can't buy shavings to have as bedding.  So I loaded up on straw here, thinking that we'll probably sell a lot more straw here 'cause there's no bedding to be had."

Horses normally use pine shavings for bedding.  Those shavings are in short supply, but a store in gleed did say they just received a shipment today.

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