Strategic Herd Reduction to Extend Limited Feed Resources

Strategic Herd Reduction to Extend Limited Feed Resources

Dr. Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

During severe and prolonged drought, beef cattle producers have three basic choices for adjusting: purchase additional hay and/or feed, reduce cattle numbers or a combination of both. Locating additional feed can include buying hay, buying commercial feed, buying commodity feed, grazing crop residue, leasing more pasture or paying for custom grazing in locations with more forage.

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