Mother Nature took care of Belfield, North Dakota farmer Byron Richard’s spring wheat this year. He finished baling the wheat in mid-July and will use that to feed his cattle this winter. Ranchers are starting to run out of grass and more cattle will be moved soon. Part of Richard’s cattle were sold this spring. “Of our 600 to 800 cows, we sold 250 head of cows already. We moved yearlings to a feedlot instead of grass.” Richard typically weans calves the first part of November, but this year, that will be moved up one month. “1988 is one of the toughest times I could think of until now. People will tell you this is worse.” Richard is trying to stay optimistic. “There will be good markets out there for those cattle left going into spring. That’s one of our hopes.”
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