National Drought Mitigation Center

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Livestock affected in Stillwater County, Montana
10/12/2017 5:03:01 PM

Stillwater County, MT
Absarokee, MT

Start Date: 6/19/2017 - End Date: 9/11/2017
We raise cattle, and the drought hurt us, by not getting enough hay, and it was hot, and the grass just burnt up. It got hot in June and stayed hot and dry until mid September. We had to supplement our cows all summer to get by. We also had to buy hay because we didn't get a good hay crop. The grass got so dry that it would break off when you walked on it. They tested the grass and what little there was has less feed value than straw, the feed company was recommending that people put free choice straw out for the cows on pasture. We were under fire regulations also, and they don't like to put them on, because it affects the recreation. From Stillwater County, Montana, on October 11, 2017