Last spring was abnormally dry, and beef cattle producers didn't end up with an average hay crop. The smaller hay crops means that producers run the risk of running out.

Producers may want to start implementing tactics to save forage to make it through the rest of the winter season, Chris Ramsey, an agriculture extension agent, reported for Tricities.com.

Ramsey says producers might consider culling non-productive cows and cows with a "less than desirable temperament."

Ramsey reminds producers to estimate their hay needs and to account for wasted hay in the estimate. Adding supplements are also a good way to help hay last longer, so corn might be a helpful addition to hay. However, too much grain can cause other issues, Dr. Shane Gadberry, Arkansas Extension beef specialist, said.

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