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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.

A herd of 23 cows and calves were rescued by the Albany Volunteer Fire Department  in Wisconsin after being stranded by flood water.
Wisconsin Firefighters Rescue 23 Cattle from Flood Waters

A herd of 23 cows and calves were rescued by the Albany Volunteer Fire Department in Wisconsin after being stranded by flood water.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A rancher stands on his trailer observing the Grassy Ridge Fire in Idaho that has forced 2,500-3,000 cattle to be moved.
Idaho Wildfire Burns 100,000 Acres, Displaces Thousands of Cattle

Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cattle have been moved from summer pasture while a wildfire continues to burn more than 100,000 acres in Idaho.

Cows stand in water to cool off on a hot summer day.
Reduce Heat Stress in Cattle

Summer heat and humidity can take a toll on cattle and humans.