Alabama cattlemen look for drought relief

Alabama cattlemen look for drought relief

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The rain is finally starting to fall again but we are a long ways from being caught up. Montgomery gets around 55 inches of rain every year. Right now we are about 10 inches behind.

For people who rely on Mother Nature to make a living, these conditions can be tough. Now the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is stepping in to give farmers some new ideas.

"We are having a drought meeting to help Alabama farmers and cattlemen deal with the drought and making sure their livestock is fed over the winter," said Jimmy Smitherman with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. "So we'll talk about strategies to make it through the winter time."

The lack of rainfall means less growth, and less to eat for livestock. That means cattlemen will have to get creative.

"We are going to talk about alternative feeds. We will look at things people don't traditionally feed livestock. They are capable of eating a lot of roughage."
 
Thursday, Dec. 15th, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is hosting a free seminar for cattlemen in Montgomery and surrounding counties. It'll be at the Alfa headquarters of the Southern Boulevard in Montgomery. It'll start at 5:30 p.m. and last a few hours.

If you're going to attend just RSVP by calling 334-270-4133.
 
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