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Livestock Farmer Says Drought Spiking Feed Prices

Some ranchers in the western United States reportedly are stealing grass and hay to feed their cattle, as the drought has depleted their own pastures.GAYVILLE, S.D. (AP) – A Gayville livestock farmer says his farm has gone from probably the wettest 18-month stretch to the 18-month stretch on record.

Jim Petrik raises pigs and cows and sells breeder hogs to other pork producers.

Petrik tells KMEG television that the dry conditions have caused feed prices to spike and how that’s making a difference on the pigs to come. He says his Gayvlle farm is below 10 inches of precipitation in the last 16 months, which is drier than it was in the 1930s.

Petrik just got a group of piglets a few weeks ago, and because of the summer’s heat, they’ll probably be more expensive to produce.

He says inventories are going to be tight this spring.

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