Drought Forcing Early Livestock Sales

As hay supplies continue to dwindle due to drought, Alabama cattle producers are being forced to sell calves and thin out herds to avoid further losses.

Agriculture officials say it's not a stampede to the auction block yet, but producers are getting nervous about the little amount of rain.

Unlike 2000 when farmer’s trucked hay from county-to-county, deputy agriculture commissioner Ronnie Murphy says this year there is "just no hay to move."

On July 13th, federal agriculture officials opened some conservation reserve program acreage for emergency hay and grazing in six counties throughout the state.

Still, further assistance is needed.