While 26% of the beef herd resides in severe drought areas, pastures look good elsewhere and states are trying to help those in drought areas needing pastures or hay to save herds.
Nebraska Cattlemen is developing a list of individuals with available grass for lease or any other type of forage for sale. If producers in Nebraska have grass available or any other forage for sale, please contact Nebraska Cattlemen at the Lincoln office, 402.475.2333, or in their Western Nebraska office, 308.760.6464. Nebraska Cattlemen will be a clearing house for information only and all agreements will be handled between the producers involved.
According to Nebraska Cattlemen, they have heard comments from those that are suffering, who express a need for hay because they are trying to “save the genetics I have worked a lifetime to develop.”
Once this list is developed, Nebraska Cattlemen will be able to provide those state cattle associations in the drought stricken areas a resource to turn to for help.
“Every cattle producer has faced situations where they had limited resources brought about by the environment,” states Art Brownlee, Nebraska Cattlemen Brand & Property Rights Chairman. “Nebraska Cattlemen has the opportunity to be a resource to ask those who can provide support for the cattle industry to call in with their information.”