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Estimates ranging from 650,000 head to nearly 1,000,000 head of cattle have left the drought-stricken states of New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.

A lack of hay, high transportation costs, low water and a steady cow market, until recently, were all factors in herd reductions or liquidation.

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Concerned with forage quality, particularly over late-made first cutting hay, an Ohio State University Extension specialist said farmers need to diligently manage livestock nutrition needs this fall and winter.

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Feedlot operators are turning to veterinarians and nutritionists to help prepare cattle for the best defense against fall parasites.

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High supplemental feed costs, and in some areas persistent drought, should motivate producers to evaluate their feed resources and management plans heading into the fall and winter months.

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As hot as 2011 was for much of the cattle industry, the harsh conditions of winter can be yet another threat to the bottom line.

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It’s far from 20 degrees below zero, but it’s never too early to think about winter weather and proper cattle management.

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