Missouri’s feral hog population is creating additional challenges for the state’s cattle producers.
Kevin Crider is a feral hog outreach educator with the University of Missouri Extension. “Feral hogs and cattle operations do not mix,” he says. “The reason is feral hogs are notorious rooters. They will root up a hay field in a matter of hours. If you have a large enough group of hogs, then that hay field is out of production.”
Hay stocks in Missouri are already tight as drought conditions continue and yields have been impacted.