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June 13, 2018COLUMBIA, Mo. | By: Vinzant
As pastures, hay fields, and water sources struggle to support their usual consumers this season, the University of Missouri Extension is providing assistance to livestock producers. Regional Livestock Specialist Amie Schleicher says the limited resources are due to lack of precipitation and recent weather patterns.
Initial hay yields have been significantly reduced this year, and some producers are hauling water due to low ponds and other issues with water sources. Schleicher says there are a number of ways of reducing the amount of feed producers will need to supplement with.
The MU Extension can help producers strategize to stretch hay supplies, manage pastures, select animals for herd reductions, supplement hay with nutritionally appropriate substitutes, and prevent issues with early weaning and forage toxicities.
Drought resources are being posted as they become available at www.extension.missouri.edu/atchison