Drought is a serious obstacle to successful range livestock management. Producers must understand howdrought affects plants, grazing animals, and livestock management, and what options exist.
To maintain optimum productivity in the beef cow herd during drought conditions, supplemental feeding may be necessary.
Management of the ranch during a drought depends on the balance between stocking density and the availability of feed and water.
Drought-affected pastures and native range generally do not produce adequate forage to maintain "normal" stocking rates, so producers must provide supplemental energy to meet the needs of the cow herd.
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