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Posted 11/13/2012 17:40 (#2695214 - in reply to #2694550)
Subject: RE: Drouth can tend to make More feed, not less

New Mexico
in places like the Midwest ( grain fails but plenty of forage produced ).

So energy feeds get higher.
That just slows tonnage produced down and equates to less total tonnage over time too.

The drouth core actually expanded a bunch in 012.
Bigger both vertically and horizontally. ( affects more total areas ).

A large segment of cattle is more effected by Wheat, not corn.
Wheat IS a big deal for backgrounding and finishing for most usa cattle.

Also keep in mind, the kinda cattle are changing some.
Be more of the somewhat smaller frame cattle produced over time that finish easy regardless of higher or lower energy rations.

Hope the Midwest drouth ends soon ( yesterday is best ), however this dry may run another year to 5 more years there.

Could be that a bunch of corn farmers eventually have to learn to produce protien by converting rough feed.
goats, sheep, cattle whatever.

All I know is there are places in the sw now that look like moonscape or the sahara desert ( keeps getting drier and seemingly no real break in this big dry ).

used to be 40 acre to the cow year around country. takes 120 acres per cow now AND added cake to carry that.

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