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How Drought Affects the Cattle Business

One of the great things about living and working in Scott County, Kansas is the weather. We get 300 days of sunshine a year here. We love the mild weather, we love the sunshine, and so do the cattle. It’s a huge part of what makes the plains of Scott County a perfect environment for cattle. Of course, when record droughts hit the Western states, that’s going to affect our business. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this has been one of the driest years on record for the Southwestern U.S. Fortunately for High Choice Feeders, our region of Kansas is pretty close to normal in terms of precipitation. Rest assured, we monitor what is happening not just in our own state, but throughout the country. While we can’t control the weather, we can always be prepared.

The good news is, residents and businesses can make choices that conserve water and those changes can have a lasting impact. California water use is about 16% below 2013 levels before the last drought. Residents and businesses adapted their usage, and it’s something we can all do to protect our investment and environment.

High Choice Feeders is a forward-thinking business. We keep on top of how the drought is affecting ancillary businesses, grain prices. We monitor the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor maps to make sure nothing catches us by surprise, and we can adjust accordingly to deliver the highest quality business to our clients. As we always say, we’re committed to the long haul at High Choice Feeders. We will always protect our investment and yours.

For more information about drought and agriculture, see this article from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.