Last year, Oklahoma State University received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research innovative ways to allow ranchers to continue raising cattle despite the continuing drought. The money will be used to learn more about the water and food consumption of different cattle breeds with the intention of developing cattle that need less water.

The research will also focus on improving the cattle comfort index, which indicates how heat temperature cattle. Albert Sutherland, the Oklahoma State University Mesonet agricultural coordinator told Silas Allen of The Oklahoman that the group plans to expand the index from only Oklahoma to the entire country.

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