Cattle Sales Pick up in North Dakota in Extreme Drought

With nearly half the cattle in North Dakota in extreme drought locations, ranchers are making some tough decisions on thinning their herds.

 

By Associated Press

via U.S. News & World Report - July 19, 2021

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — With nearly half the cattle in North Dakota in extreme drought locations, ranchers are making some tough decisions on thinning their herds.

 

At Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, weekly sales are up by 1,000 head over a normal year, an increase of one-third.

 

Some cattle stay in the state, said Matt Lachenmeier, the auction barn’s field representative. But, there’s demand for cattle in nearby states as well, including Minnesota.

 

“Now we’re starting to run out of homes for them,” he said. “There’s a lot of cattle moving.”

 

Lachenmeier said ranchers are selling replacement heifers or older cows first and trying to hang on to younger cows. He said it's hard to lose animals that have been part of a long-term breeding program, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

 

“That’s been their life and their livelihood,” he said...

 

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