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Ranchers Worry About Feeding Options for Their Cattle During Drought

 

By Nick Starling - Nebraska.TV

Jan 15, 2013

 

The dry, harsh conditions of the drought in Nebraska has put stress on ranchers figuring out how to make a profit this year.

 

Just a year ago many ranchers had no idea 2012 would be one of the hardest hit years of their operations. Now the very food to feed their cattle is sparse leaving ranchers with limited options on how to combat this devastating drought.

 

Even with snow-capped corn stalks blanketing Central Nebraska the historic drought of 2012 is spilling over to 2013.

 

"The challenge now becomes especially when corn stalks are no longer available then you start to get to harvest forages and those get expensive," said University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist Rick Rasby.

 

It's a simple case of economics -- supply and demand -- right now producers are needing more feed for their cattle and calves and the supply just isn't there.

 

"In most situations even hay production was probably 50 percent -- maybe 66 percent of normal so that really makes for some challenges for our cow-calf producers," said Rasby.

 

"We're going to have to try to import some feed stuffs from the Dakotas," said Jennifer Saueressig from Overton.

 

The severe drought is forcing ranchers to make tough choices on their operations, like rationing the amount of food going to their cattle...

 

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http://www.nebraska.tv/story/20587344/ranchers-worry-about-feeding-options-for-their-cattle-during-drought

 

 

Lake that provides water to Oklahoma town drying up

 

KSN TV (KS)

Jan 15, 2013

 

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (KFOR) -- There's serious concern an Oklahoma community's water supply, which could run dry in less than two months.

 

Lone Chimney Lake, which sits 12 miles northeast of Stillwater, provides water to 16,000 residents in the surrounding area.

 

On Monday morning, Payne County Commissioners declared an emergency for water supply needs.

 

District Two Commissioner Chris Reding said nearly 16,000 Payne County residents could soon be without water because Lone Chimney Lake is now 11 feet below its normal level; its lowest level ever.

 

He said recent cold temperatures are preventing a "fish kill," where all the lake's fish die from a lack of oxygen.

 

If that happens, the remaining four feet of lake water would be untreatable.

 

"Imagine thousands and thousands of rotting corpses in your water supply," Reding said. "That's really what you end up with."

 

Using a $3.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, a pipeline is being built from Stillwater’s water treatment plant to Lone Chimney’s plant.

 

But that pipeline could take another five or six months to complete.

 

If it doesn’t rain very much before then, Reding said water may have to be delivered by trucks to residents at a common point...

 

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http://www.ksn.com/content/news/editorschoice/story/Lake-that-provides-water-to-Oklahoma-town-drying/fRvJNSsko0ybZ7G0q1tqBw.cspx

 

 

US ranches rationing cattle feed to survive

 

All About Feed

15 Jan 2013

 

Ranchers in Nebraska are still feeling the devastating effects of the 2012 drought as it spills into 2013.

 

According to Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist, the challenge now becomes especially clear when corn stalks are no longer available and you start to get to harvest forages and those get expensive.

 

“It's a simple case of economics, supply and demand, right now producers need more feed for their cattle and calves and the supply just isn't there.”

 

"In most situations even hay production was probably a 50% maybe 66% of the norm so that really makes for some challenges for our cow-calf producers," said Rasby.

 

Ranchers are having to make tough choices on their operations like rationing the amount of food to their cattle...

 

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http://www.allaboutfeed.net/Process-Management/Management/2013/1/US-ranches-rationing-cattle-feed-to-survive-1147197W/