This section contains information about steps you should consider during a drought. Topics include drought monitoring, grazing management, supplemental feeding, de-stocking, and financial options.

Drought Plan Principles

Where to Start During Drought

Pasture Management

When too little grass was left last year...

Finding Feed

One of the most difficult parts of drought planning is determining viable feed options. This section provides

Reducing Demand for Feed

The other choice in balancing resources during drought conditions is to reduce inventory size. The best time to make this decision, according to livestock producers and advisors across the Great Plains, is sooner rather than later.

Water and Heat Stress

Livestock water needs during drought, quality issues, and lessening the risk of heat stress

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