Ranchers worry about animal health in dry South Dakota weather.
Warm, dry weather is boosting the soybean and corn harvests in South Dakota, but field and grass fires are also destroying crops in some parts of the state, the Associated Press reports.
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reported on Oct. 12 that cattle in some areas of the state continue to show signs of respiratory problems because of the dry, dusty conditions.
Dave Barz, a veterinarian at Northwest Veterinary Supply in Parkston, SD, warns against mycoplasma when cattle are in dry, dusty feedlots. Mycoplasma is hard to detect and often impossible to treat, but can spread rapidly and result in big losses in feedlots and cow-calf operations.