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Jan. 3, 2013ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Holley

Livestock Trouble

Area livestock producers may be forced to sell off more cattle than normal due to the dry conditions.

Bob Kelly is an Ag Business Specialist with the University of Missouri Extention Service out of St. Joseph. He says farmers who are holding onto their cattle are looking at alternative feed sources, but he says another problem is the water supply.

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Kelly says it's too late to dig a well this year to help ease the water situation. He says he is seeing more livestock producers hauling water to deal with the dry conditions. Kelly says if livestock owners can prove they sold more cattle than normal due to the weather, they can postpone some or all of their additional gain to next year.