Cold cows eat ranch profits

Cold cows eat ranch profits

As temperatures drop, feed bills rise for area cattle operations

TOM LUTEY

The Billings Gazette

The fourth-coldest December on record is hitting Montana ranchers hard as feed costs nip at pocketbooks already chilled by shrinking beef payments.

“We’re going through the hay now,” said Jon Paterson, extension beef specialist for the Montana Beef Network. “We kept them out on range and pasture as long as we could, but that’s over.”

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