Livestock producers have received much-needed moisture this spring. However, parts of western and north central North Dakota remain on the U.S. Drought Monitor map. Moving into a new grazing season, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson says drought recovery is still top-of-mind for ranchers. “I’ve heard from producers who haven’t received hardly any rain this growing season. But, other areas have received the rains. Hopefully for those who aren’t as fortunate, there could be access to grass closer to home this year.” Beyond the open cows moving this time of year, Ellingson adds the Association has seen significantly higher cow numbers at local livestock auctions.