Dear readers, within the past few days another reader mentioned crying because she had to sell her cattle herd because she could no longer afford to feed her mammas and babies anymore. Well, readers let’s give this a look-see. I listen to NPR in the morning sometimes, and throughout this summer, Texas has been in the headlines. Here in Arkansas, we were included in the high-pressure system that sat directly on top of the Lone Star State. Now what does this mean? Why should we care? We’re talking about ways of lives, lost due to the worst drought in Texas history. Texas has kept weather record for the last 150 years and this was the hottest, dryest year on record. I haven’t seen it first hand, but the more I’ve read from news sources it speaks of the burnt landscape, all over Texas, land scorched from the blistering heat, or from one of many wildfires. Now,I don’t know if you know this, but Texas is big cattle country. And? Well, Ranchers, who have built up their herds for the past 40-50 years are having to sell them at auction because they can no longer afford feed costs, bales of hay at record prices $65-$85 a bale.
So what does this mean for you? Nationally you’re going to see meat prices rise. The economic impact of this drought so far is 5.2 billion, with a B, and counting. It’s not only the cattle industry that’s affected, but the cotton industry, and also winter wheat production. Please continue reading more about this. It’s something to consider, and our friend Texas June. I’d like to type out that all will be okay and the universe will right itself, but this is one weather related incident that may have a lasting impact. Everyone do your rain dance for Texas.
it is very sad, saw the auctions on TV today for cattle and calves. seeing it first hand a few wks ago (when the fires broke out in Austin) it was alarming, the further south we got the browner, dryer it was…made AR look like a tropics. My heart goes out to all those whom have lost their homes and way of living. But, Amanda is right, the world will correct this imbalance and things will get better.
Thank you both, Amanda and Diane. Your best wishes are deeply appreciated. When whole states are going through a hard time, it helps to know that others acknowledge it and send encouragement. That’s a major blessing of being the United States – and knowing you have an internet friend somewhere that takes the time to care!