Raising cattle can be very expensive.
When you factor in triple digit temperatures, it can be even worse.
“This year we are experiencing a severe to exceptional drought throughout the plain state and in the Midwest which is our corn producing belt. And corn is a major driver of the cattle industry.” Alabama cooperative extension system agent Ricky Hudson said.
Corn crops are dying and that's bad news for farmers, because feed costs are tied to grain production.
“As corn prices rise, local feed prices will also ride as far as feeding our cattle locally.” Hudson said.
“Whatever feed we buy, we use a lot of byproduct feed and those costs are going up as well too.” Cattle Farmer Glenn Meadows said.
And this has a direct impact on how much the cattle will be worth.
“With higher corn prices we are receiving and looking at lower feeder cattle prices at this time.” Meadows said.
And if corn prices continue to rise, some farmers may have to turn to other feed.
“Right now its dry and if we have to use more hay this time of year that’s cutting into our winter feed or costs we did not anticipate.” Meadows said.
Hudson and meadows aren't sure what the future corn crop will look like, but all they can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Many parts of Alabama are in a severe drought, along with nearly all of the states in the Midwest.