WEBB, Ala. (WTVY) -- The drought continues to bear down on top of the Wiregrass.
Farmers are having to bale hay and feed it to their cattle nearly two months earlier than normal due to the drought. (Source: WTVY)
Almost a month without at least half an inch of rain in a single day has dried out many of the cow pastures across the Wiregrass. Farmers are having to bale what they have and feed it to their cows. They're feeding their cows a month and a half to two months earlier than usual.
Some farmers are having to sell off some of their cattle to cut long-term costs. A down cattle market will hurt the sale of cows, but that will allow farmers to have less cows to have to pay for to feed through the winter.
Farmers can resort to buying various types of feed and other supplements for their cattle, but it could be an expensive decision to make.
The drought has not only affected the yield of hay this fall, but it is also very to affecting the planting of grazing in the pastures. Grazing is typically planted around the middle to end of October.
Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Barbour counties are receiving disaster designations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These disaster designations allow for these counties to receive hay donations, and other kinds of assistance for their cattle and other livestock.
More counties could also receive disaster designations if drought conditions continue to worsen.