Earlier this year, Oklahoma State University has received a $1 million grant from the USDA to help cattle producers during times of drought. Animal researchers and climate scientists are now working with the university to find solutions to issues cattle raisers face during drought conditions with the goal of making the industry more resistant to drought.

The amount of feed and water different breeds of cattle require, along with how various climate conditions, are being researched in the hopes of making cattle that better adapt to drought conditions, Silas Allen reported for the Associated Press.

Megan Rolf, an Oklahoma State University animal scientists says that researchers hope that in the future they can develop cattle that need less water, but still retain meat quality and other favorable traits that are ideal for the U.S. market.

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