Drought forcing Ind. cattle farmers to sell off herds

Drought forcing Ind. cattle farmers to sell off herds

Drought forcing Ind. cattle farmers to sell off herds

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

SPRINGVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana's worst drought in decades is forcing some of the state's cattle farmers to sell off some of their herds.

Southern Indiana cattle farmer Alan Armstrong sold off 120 of his beef cows last Saturday at the Springville Feeder Auction Association, a farmer-owned cooperative.

Armstrong tells The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/MTP4Ms ) his decision was one of simple economics because he had too many animals and not enough to feed them. He says there's no grass in his parched pastures for his cows and the cost of feed is twice what it normally would be.

Springville Feeder Auction Association president Jerry Rush says that during a normal year the cows sold at last weekend's auction would have grazed in the field until November before being sold for slaughter.

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