Due to drought conditions, a shortage of forage and hay may force livestock producers in the Southern Plains to reduce herd size. Both the first and second alfalfa cuttings in Texas were below average in both quantity and quality. Hay stocks are also low in several other states like Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. Texas A & M AgriLife Extension’s Jason Banta recommends producers adjust stocking rates to avoid overgrazing pastures. Producers may also consider weaning calves one to two months earlier than normal to help keep better cow condition going into winter.
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