What a Difference A Year Makes
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Time flies. Change is the only constant. That's been dramatically illustrated in our extended family this year as we've watched two babies change with each passing month.
Compare it to the same location a year ago.
Parts of the pasture look deceptively green. But cattle won't eat some of the native grasses, like this three-sided salt grass.
Other areas show clear evidence of the drought.
Most summers, the location below has water. This summer, all the cattle have gravitated toward the southern part of the pasture, where there's still water, albeit much less than usual.
Unless we get rain soon, Randy expects he'll take cattle off pasture earlier than normal this year. He'll wean the baby calves and sell them this fall, rather than feeding them over the winter. We don't have the alfalfa, sudan or silage to feed them this winter.
But we are fortunate. Many cattlemen in Texas and Oklahoma were forced to sell their cow/calf pairs earlier in the summer due to drought. For us, there will be a "next year." For some of them, their herd is gone.
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