Tuesday, June 18, 2024

TAMU: Feeding cattle after the wildfires

By Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M University

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Truckloads of hay rolled in from across Texas and beyond, bringing much-needed feed for cattle in the wake of more than 1.2 million acres of ranchland and pastures blackened by wildfires across the Texas Panhandle.

According to USDA numbers, in most years, almost 100,000 head of cattle graze pastureland in Hemphill, Roberts, Gray, Hutchinson, Oldham, Potter and Carson counties. The wildfires burned as much as 50 percent of these acres, with a greater percentage in some counties than others, and grassland won’t be available for grazing this season.

Ranchers couldn’t make it. . .

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