As drought cuts hay production, Wilkes ranchers selling cattle early

As drought cuts hay production, Wilkes ranchers selling cattle early

The News-Reporter (GA)

Georgia cattlemen are having a hard time feeding their herds because the state’s extended drought has dried up pastures and seriously cut hay production.

“The pastures are as pitiful, and the situation is as sorry as I have ever seen for this time of year,” said Bob Rawlins, who has raised cattle in Ben Hill, Wilcox and Turner counties in south-central Georgia for 30 years. “There’s just nothing out there.”

Pasture damage varies across the state. In most places, 70 percent to 80 percent is in poor to very poor condition, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. In south-central Georgia, 90 percent of the pastures are poor to very poor.

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