Drought prompts cattlemen to get rid of their herds
By Jane Roberts
Commercial Appeal (TN)
The story of the drought is playing out in dusty sales barns across the region, where farmers are selling off cattle in record numbers.
“It’s two things — real simple — water and grass,” said Harold Montgomery, beef producer in Henderson, Tenn.
Last week, he sold off his 112-head herd, leaving him for the first time in 20 years with no cattle.
His pastures have burned up, and the ditches where he watered the cattle have been dry for weeks.