Prepare Now for a Dry Spring

Prepare Now for a Dry Spring

John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech..

Without a doubt, Virginia is dry even though some areas have received a little rain.  Short term climate predictions are for a dry March – May and possibly early summer.  I hope by writing this article, it will act as a rain dance, and by the time you read this, the information will not be needed.  However, the way things are shaping up now, its time to make some plans.


Water is the most essential nutrient for life.  Cattle can live for many days or a few weeks without food, but will die within a few days without water.  Recently, lack of water as springs and ponds go dry has been a major problem for many beef producers.  However, it is critical that cattle get enough water every day.  If they do not, they will eat less feed, have lower performance and impaired reproduction.


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