Drought Makes Ranchers Use Alternative Feed Methods

- The severe lack of rainfall has made this past year tough on cattle ranchers.

So, the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service teamed up at the annual Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference to discuss ways to help ranchers deal with affects of the drought.

Tuesday's conference covered nutrition, healthcare, marketing and insurance for cattle and gave ranchers the tools to handle the decrease in grass and hay needed to feed their animals.

“There are ways you can utilize some poor quality foliage if you increase the protein level just a little bit. We've had some really good information on that today. It just takes an extra pound or two of protein per day to be able to utilize some of that poor quality foliage,” says Wichita County Extension Agent.

Graff says since beef prices are already high, he does not see the drought having an affect on prices this year,  at least for now.  

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