Many people are reducing herd size or completely liquidating their livestock. Cost of hay to feed is exceptionally high because of low inventory due to these same drought conditions. Long-term survivors know you cannot feed your way out of a drought.
We spent the summer months in the high desert country of South Central Oregon. Our summer pastures are dependent on the run-off from the winter’s snowpack. No snow, no runoff. We have rented some additional pasture and sold some older cows to get us through the summer.
As the summer progresses, we in the cattle business look forward to an early wet fall season where we will have a bountiful grass crop. That forecast does not come from a crystal ball, but merely an optimist and a survivor.
Photos From Spring Branding
Photography credit: Kenny Calhoun
Pictured: The Clay Men's Ring
Thanks, Chet! Your looking like a movie star out there! The western industry is a major part of what makes this country great, and we will “shine” on the backside of these tough times! Keep the positive news coming from Vogt! All best and good health to all!
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