A cow-calf producer and feedlot operator from north-central Kansas says the ongoing drought conditions have changed how his farm operates.
Philip Weltmer from Smith County says he traditionally uses wheat straw for feed rations and bedding, but a poor crop caused him to switch to corn stalks.
“A lot of people have been using corn stalks a long time. It’s better bedding for us and it stays up.”
He says the drought also affected cattle pregnancy rates, calf weights and the overall nutrition of the cattle herd.