National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center
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Southeast New Mexico ranchers holding onto cattle, waiting out drought
9/26/2018 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Eddy County, NM

Start Date: 9/26/2018 -  
Despite less than an inch of rain in the last nine months, ranchers in southern Eddy County were trying to hang on to livestock, rather than selling. Livestock prices were lower amid drought, so ranchers would lose money if they sold. One rancher worried that his cattle would starve for lack of grazing and put them in a feed house. Other area ranchers were moving herds and planting less feed as they adjusted to the drought. The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), Sept. 26, 2018