June 7, 2011

Drought in US Georgia hit crops, beef producers


Georgia's continuous drought is giving farmers a hard time trying to plant and water their crops which further results in the state's beef struggle as well.

At this time of the year, cattle typically eat grass growing naturally in the fields. But right now there isn't any.

That means farmers are being forced to feed them hay, which costs money. President of the Georgia Farm Bureau Zippy Duvall has a cattle farm in Greensboro. He says many producers are thinning their herds.

"We're already feeding hay in May and as long as I've been alive other than milking cows, you always fed hay to, but other cattle would be able to make it on forages that were growing and I don't have any so we're feeding hay at this point in time."

Beef is the state's sixth largest agricultural commodity with sales of around US$350 million per year.

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