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Rancher: pastureland in good shape for now

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"It's coming..." says Cattle Rancher Frank Bloom. Optimism about summer pasture growth, of course its on the heels of a wet April.

Bloom says,"Last year at this time it was 90, the wind was blowing and drying everything out. We've already done better moisture wise."

The result is promising. Bloom says that some pastures are in good shape, but if moisture doesn't continue the growth will stall. Leaving cattle with only a fourth of the feed they need.

Unfortunately, last year's drought left much of the pasture land across Western South Dakota is in bad shape. Bloom says the cattle were turned onto winter fields early due to lack of growth.

Because of that, Bloom had to rely heavily on leftover hay, plus cake and protein supplements.

Bloom says, "There's not any old grass left, they're eating it or tromped it off or it's blowed away from being so dry".

If the rain doesn't come, Bloom is looking at a repeat of last year. If the wind blows and it gets to 95 in the shade we are all in trouble says Bloom.

The sale barn is next, Bloom sold 125 head of cattle last fall because of the drought.

That's the worse case scenario.

As far as Bloom is concerned, tomorrow is a new day.

 

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