Winter Blues Ahead

Posted on December 2, 2012

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IMG_0920With more than 81 percent of the country in drought, ranchers look nervously to the cold winter months ahead. Livestock will need more calories to get through the cold season, and hay is already hard enough to come by.

“Due to dry weather and frosts, forage growth has basically stalled,” said John Jennings, professor-forages for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, as quoted in a recent article on Cattle Network on the winter troubles ahead. “Some that planted annuals and brassicas early and protected the forage from armyworms have fall growth to graze now.”

“Hay availability is still a problem — or transportation cost from areas having hay is really the problem,” he said.

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