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COLEGE STATION – With little to no grazing and hay, should livestock producers continue to try to buy feed, move cattle to another state or just sell out?

“It would be much less expensive to just get out and come back later,” said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist. “And that’s the message that we’re trying to convey.”

Many livestock producers have already tried to cut feeding costs by extensively culling their herds, but have held onto enough cows to rebuild their herds if the drought passes, he said.

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Commercial beef producers will have another opportunity to purchase replacement females or bulls next spring with the first annual Minnesota Beef Showcase Sale and Agribition.

The Minnesota Beef Showcase Sale and Agribition is a joint effort of several Minnesota breed associations and will be held March 29-31, 2012 at the Red Horse Ranch Arena in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

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Most people don’t think of grass as poison, but dry weather and drought can turn a pasture dangerous.

Nitrates and prussic acid built to lethal levels in the stems and leaves of some plants as the hot days of July and August slowed forage growth to a halt. To protect your herd, University of Missouri Extension experts recommend a simple test to ensure cows aren’t chewing their way to disaster.

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MT. VERNON, Missouri – Dry weather for the last two months in southwest Missouri has reduced the available forage in most pastures.

As a result, many cattle producers are feeding hay that they would prefer to have saved for cold weather, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Livestock Grain Market News cattle report for Aug. 12