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· Cattle producers under more pressure as drought conditions worsen [US]
· Cattle Producers Dealing With Desperate Situation [Canada]
Cattle producers under more pressure as drought conditions worsen
By Meghan Grebner, Brownfield
June 8, 2021
A livestock economist says the growing drought conditions in parts of the country are putting cattle producers under even more stress.
University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says the current poor and very poor pasture conditions have never been seen this early. He tells Brownfield it’s hitting at a critical time. “We ought to be having more grass, not less grass,” he says. “I don’t know if we can recover in a South Dakota very well, even if we start to get some significant rain just given where we are in the growing season.”
And if the drought persists, or expands, Brown says that will likely lead to more contraction in the cattle herd. “What happens out there in about 2023,” he asks. “We could be really short cattle. And so, the planning horizon for producers needs to get stretched out. Don’t get so focused on what’s happening today that we forget about where markets could go a couple of years down the road.”
The majority (77%) of South Dakota ranges...
Cattle Producers Dealing With Desperate Situation
by Cory Knutt, Steinbach Online (Canada)
06 June 2021
Dry conditions continue to create challenges for many cattle producers.
Allan Munroe is owner of Killarney Auction Mart.
"We're getting these little shots of rain that green things up and give us a little bit of optimism but the crops are slow emerging, the pastures are very slow, there's a lot of guys still feeding their cows, not wanting to throw them out on the pasture and damage what is there. The rule always was 'a day in the spring can give you a week in the fall' as far as grazing. Guys are being very cautious but it's just very, very slow coming and we're seeing a lot of action at the market this June that we normally wouldn't."
He notes it's a little bit of survival mode right now, because the feed is not out there.
"You can't just go buy a load of round bales right now. The grass isn't growing...