October 4, 2022
Cattle ranchers in Florida state, US affected by hurricane
Cattle ranchers in Florida state, US are affected by the recent Hurricane Ian, which struck 40% of the state's beef cattle sector, destroying barns and fences with a few calves dead, Bloomberg reported.
Jim Handley, executive vice president of the Florida Cattlemen's Association, said ranches are destroyed, and many ranchers were able to transport livestock to higher ground before Hurricane Ian struck.
Animals must now wait for the water on pastures to subside so they can resume feeding before their situation becomes critical from hunger. Ranchers from nearby states will help by bringing in hay and other supplemental feed, Handley said.
Florida does not produce a lot of beef, but it does supply young cattle to top cattle-producing states like Texas and Oklahoma.
Extreme weather has also wreaked havoc on ranchers in the US Plains. This year's drought dried up pastures and forced herd culling, which will result in higher meat prices in the future.