Drought and Your Livestock

Drought and Your Livestock

The impact of drought on livestock can be devastating. Limited water supplies occur during a time when the water needs are increased. Feed availability can also become limited. Plants can also concentrate toxins making them lethal to livestock. Planning ahead can help protect the health and well-being of your livestock.

Drought Preparedness Factsheet

Related Websites

Climate Prediction Center: Drought Information
Website with latest assessments and seasonal outlooks for drought situations in the U.S.
National Weather Service (NOAA NWS)
Dealing with Drought
Website with resources on preparing and recovering from drought conditions. Includes information on crops, livestock, financial concerns as well as the home and yard and dealing with stress.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Drought Information
Website providing drought resources for the home, family, farm and ranch.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
National Drought Mitigation Center
Website with links to drought mitigation tools for agricultural producers.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NOAA Regional Climate Centers
Website linking to the NOAA Regional Climate Centers.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Drought Monitor
Website providing drought condition maps and information for the U.S.
National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
USDA Disaster and Drought Information
Website with assistance programs for during or after a drought.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Additional Web Resources

Alternative Feeds for Cattle During Drought
Factsheet suggests possible alternate feeds and feed substitution strategies to be used during drought.
Colorado State University Extension
Cattle Management During Drought
Factsheet discussing alternative cattle management strategies during drought situations, such as early weaning and creep feeding.
Montana Cooperative Extension System
Conserving Water in Agriculture: Livestock Water Management During a Drought
Suggestions for making the best use of available water during drought situations to prevent land damage or decreased livestock performance.
Oregon State University Extension Service
Drought Preparedness and Response: Strategies for Farmers
Factsheet discussing actions to take before and after a drought.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Economics of Managing a Livestock Enterprise During Drought
Factsheet containing steps for evaluating options and alternative management ideas during drought situations.
South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service
Grazing Management and Cattle Feeding Options During Drought (video)
Videos of UNL Extension specialists and educators discussing management options for beef cattle producers during drought situations.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) - According to the 2008 Farm Bill
Factsheet outlining the eligibility requirements and application process for the USDA Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA)
Managing Livestock During a Drought
Factsheet discussing water requirements and feed issues for livestock during a drought.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Nitrate Toxicity
Factsheet on the nitrate accumulation in plants during drought conditions and precautions to take before feeding to livestock.
Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
Pasture and Rangeland Management During Drought
Guidelines for general pasture and rangeland management in preparation for and during a drought.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Poisonous Plants or Harmful to Horses: Drought and Frost Concerns
Information about plants found on pasture that may be harmful to horses during drought or frost conditions.
University of Minnesota Extension
Tax Issues After a Drought: Guidelines for Crop Loss and Livestock Sales
Factsheet discussiong tax issues for crops and livestock following a drought.
University of Wisconsin Extension