MO dairy farmer: good forage available this year

A dairy farmer from southwest Missouri says drought conditions have improved tremendously this spring and that means more hay to feed cattle.

Three months ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed Laclede County, Missouri in moderate drought and today the map shows no drought.

Jack Dill tells Brownfield “the grass looks great and the hay looks great. We need that. If we turn back to La Nina, we can be right back into fall or winter. We’re thanking the Lord for what he’s provided us this year and we’re going with it.”

Dill says there have been consistent rains, but very little mixed grass hay has gotten wet before it’s been baled.

“If it gets wet, the quality will go down extremely quickly.”

Dill’s family dairy typically milks 120 Holstein cows, but he says the farm downsized to 84 cows during the drought.

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