U.S. Department of Agriculture http://kmuw.org en Drought Taking Big Bite Out Of Kansas Cattle Herds http://kmuw.org/post/drought-taking-big-bite-out-kansas-cattle-herds <p>The extended drought is prompting cattle farmers across Kansas to sell some or all of their herds.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that the number of cattle sent to Kansas feedlots in September was the lowest on record for that month, down 25 percent from September 2011.</p><p>The number of cattle sold by feedlots to packers in Kansas fell 17 percent from a year ago and tied for the worst month ever.</p><p>The cattle industry expected the steep drop in cattle as drought ruined pastures, dramatically increasing the cost of feed.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:45:29 +0000 Associated Press 7674 at http://kmuw.org Drought Taking Big Bite Out Of Kansas Cattle Herds