With pasture land drying up, farmers are depending on hay to feed their cattle. But what do they do when there is no hay? The drought has taken its toll on hay yields. Brownfield Ag News spoke with Interim president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Brent Haden says the situation is made worse by what happened last year.
Haden says, “The crisis last year, to the southwest of us in Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle, took a fair amount of hay out of the southern and western part of the state – because it got so hot there people were shipping it west – our hay reserves are low. We didn’t grow a lot this year and there’s just not enough grass to go around as there should be.”
Ag Day takes a look at the effects of the drought on the cattle market.