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‘Heartbreaking’ Drought Forces Canadian Ranchers to Cull Herds

With pastureland scorched, feed costs have skyrocketed. The past decade of setbacks has shrunk Canadian herd to 30-year low.

2 years ago
With pastureland scorched, feed costs have skyrocketed. The past decade of setbacks has shrunk Canadian herd to 30-year low.
‘Heartbreaking’ Drought Forces Canadian Ranchers to Cull Herds

With pastureland scorched, feed costs have skyrocketed. The past decade of setbacks has shrunk Canadian herd to 30-year low.

2 years ago
Meeting protein requirements of cattle eating low quality forage through supplementation is one point of leverage in a cattle operation.
In Drought, Byproduct Feeds Help Cow Herds on Short Pastures, Hay

In the 2018 drought forages for cow herds are short. Without rain, pastures didn’t grow and stored hay for winter feeding fell short. But feed options are at hand that were not available before.

2 years ago
For the world’s sixth-largest beef exporter, dry conditions are worsening in the heart of Canada's cattle country, scorching pastures and sending feed costs soaring.
Canada Hay Costs Double

Drought conditions in Canada are pushing ranchers to reduce their herds as feed costs soar.

2 years ago
Drought is taking a toll on crops in Missouri. This photo was taken in July 2018 in Ray County, Missouri. A new USDA crop progress report comes out this afternoon, but as of last week 45% of Missouri's corn was poor to very poor.
Drought Takes Toll on Missouri Crops, Cattle

Much of the western U.S. is also experiencing drought. But Missouri is the only Midwestern state with such severe conditions with suffering corn crops and hay in short supply for cattle.

2 years ago
A ranch in Williamson County, Texas had 82 cattle seized after 10 head were found dead. The likely cause was either starvation or a lack of water.
88 Cattle Confiscated in Texas After Being Malnourished, 18 More Dead

Ten cattle died on one Texas ranch where 82 cattle were seized, while another ranch in Texas had eight head die and six cattle confiscated. All of the cattle are believed to have been deprived of water or feed.

2 years ago
If drought conditions persist, producers could find themselves seeking winter feed options. The program will focus on what producers can do to maximize on rainfall or plan ahead for various scenarios this winter.
Winter Pasture, Stockpiled Forage Workshop to Cover Options in Drought

If drought conditions persist, producers could find themselves seeking winter feed options. The program will focus on what producers can do to maximize on rainfall or plan ahead for various scenarios this winter.

2 years ago
Drought Stays as Beef Farms Plan on Fall Rains to Make Winter Pasture

Stunted, stemmy pastures unable to support grazing cattle have potential. Depend on fall rains to bring fall regrowth, says University of Missouri Extension forage agronomist Craig Roberts.

2 years ago