ISSUE DATE: 11/07/2011
By Lesa Teer
After a brutal summer, pastures in the southern and High Plains states are beginning to look a lot alike--dead, dry, dusty and burnt. Cows out to pasture are growing thin, both in numbers and nutrition, and producers are selling out at an alarming rate.
Mark Bechthold of Booker, Texas, has already sold 220 head of his cow herd. "I'll probably end up selling about 90 percent," he said. "I've got a few left that are bred but I'll probably end up selling them also."
With little relief in the way of summer rainfall, pasture conditions are declining rapidly, leaving many producers with culling or feeding as their only options. Some, like Bechthold, have Conservation Reserve Program grazing land to fall back on--but even that isn't a long-term option.
"I've relied on the CRP because my native grass never did grow any over the summer due to the drought," Bechthold said. "The CRP is coming close to being over with and I didn't want to have to feed them all winter."
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