National Drought Mitigation Center

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Producer moving cattle into winter and spring grazing pastures in Mellette County, South Dakota
9/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

Mellette County, SD
Cedar Butte, SD

Start Date: 5/1/2017 - End Date: 9/11/2017
We did receive .33" rain this past weekend, but along with temperatures each day reaching 95 degrees, it didn't help. While trying to move cattle to other pastures, we are finding dams either completely dry or nearly dry. We are moving cattle into pastures that are normally saved for winter and spring grazing, hoping to hold out having to sell calves too much earlier than normal. We have noticed that the cattle's manure is dark brown and hard - we've been told this is due to a lack of protein in their diet - grass. We have never experienced this before, and we believe is a true reflection of how serious our drought conditions are this year in western Mellette County. From Mellette County, South Dakota, on September 11, 2017