Snowstorms take a toll on cattle

blogThe recent snowstorm blast punished livestock operations — particularly dairies — in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains and Eastern New Mexico, leaving a potential toll of 70,000 animals dead….

While ag producers are at the mercy of the weather, this blow was not only sharp but perhaps lasting into next year. The financial losses from dead animals is most obvious, but because milk haulers couldn’t get down roads to the dairies, the milk waiting for them was a loss. Also, dairy employees were trapped at home and cows that weren’t milked for a couple of days will become less productive. Read more…

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