Livestock in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are still at risk for lack of feed, injury or disease. “Water is the first priority with livestock, so producers should try and find a safe drinking water source and make sure their animals have an adequate supply,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station.
“Some animals may not eat wet forage as readily as dry, but will still eat it if hungry,” he said. “But with substantial flooding, cattle often become stranded and forages may be unavailable or ruined. In such instances, supplemental sources of feed may be necessary.” Cleere said hay is the most important feed source for stranded or displaced cattle.
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