Farmers Consider Bringing Cattle to Northern Counties as Dry Spell Continues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin farmers with dwindling feeds supplies due to drought-stricken fields are considering trucking their cattle to greener pastures to the north as the dry spell continues.

Dick Cates produces range-fed Angus and Jersey beef near Spring Green. Cates says difficult times demand creative solutions. He says it's not unheard of to move cattle around, but the Wisconsin farmer doesn't necessarily think in those terms. He says there's a lot of grass in northern Wisconsin and hay is getting very expensive.

Alfalfa, for the most part, has stopped growing in much of southern Wisconsin. Dane County extension agent Lee Jennings says that some farmers are chopping corn early for silage and are planning to plant a second crop in its place, hoping for rain in the future.

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