Beef producers shouldn’t get too caught up in adding cattle to herds despite recent rainfall.
“After the drought, remain de-stocked,” advises Larry Redmon, Texas AgriLife Extension state forage specialist. “Just because you see green in the spring doesn’t mean you should load up with cows again. Consider drought management as part of your overall strategy.”
Many producers are likely wondering how long it will take their pastures to recover from drought.
“It will take 3-4 in./month a month and, depending on the species, an entire year for pasture recovery. Obviously, there will be no recovery with no rainfall. We can’t expect recovery to our pastures without rainfall,” says Redmon.
Redmon advises producers to pay attention to weeds, which can inhibit recovery due to competition for moisture, sunlight and nutrients.