May 31, 2011 The real cost of this drought is growing
Associated Press writer Besty Blaney wrote and excellent peice in the Drovers Cattlenetwork this week on the cost of the current drought to Texas producers. While the western edge of our county saw some substanial rain a week ago, hot temperatures and high winds evaporated much of it away. The rest of the county is still in rough shape and the weatherman isn’t painting any rosey pictures just yet. Today’s higher humidities is offering at least a moderation in temperature.
To commerical producers, no grazing forage becomes expensive fast with tight supplies of hay. Most horse and hobby farmettes have animals as a life-style choice and will pay whatever the market is, but cattlemen need to see the opportunity to profit and falling cattle prices coupled with rising hay prices makes that unlikely.
Blaney’s article is linked here: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-resources/cattle-breeds/angus/Cost-of-Texas-drought-climbing-with-each-dry-day–122580124.html