With expanding drought, Harlan Hughes says more producers are inquiring about the economics of moving herds to another ranch for feeding. Folks are asking what constitutes an equitable share-lease when one party owns the cows and the other provides winter and summer feed, labor, etc., over a year's time? Read the details at “What's a fair cow share lease?” on page 10.

Drought has forced a passel of cattle off pastures in large parts of the U.S. this summer, while others are turning early to feed supplies that had been intended for winter. Wes Ishmael details in “Making Hay Without It” how limit-feeding, also known as program-feeding, can cost-effectively mitigate drought's sting for producers set up to manage such programs. Page 14.

In a thoughtful, and novel, supplementation strategy, New Mexico beef cattle specialist Clay Mathis suggests producers use forage “color” in determining how to best manage cattle on drought-stressed forages this fall. Mathis says the color of the forage can give you an idea of its protein content. Read “The Color of Grass,” by Clint Peck on page 19.

That a 100-million-gal. ethanol plant is under construction in Hereford, TX, is surprising, but adding more furrow to the brow is that it will be count on 1,500 tons of feedlot manure/day to fire it — on a 24/7 basis. Larry Stalcup provides more on this venture where feedlot manure will fire an ethanol plant, whose by-products will be fed back to the cattle, in “Full-Circle Feeding” on page 34.

Grass management is an important part of surviving catastrophic events like drought. The South Dakota Grazing Management and Planning Project teaches graziers how to become better grazing managers, and how to set up written plans to prepare for managing through disasters. Stephanie Veldman explains the program in “Lifetime Managers,” on page 60.

Lameness can rob a beef animal of health and performance just as effectively as more high-profile maladies like respiratory disease, writes DVM Mike Apley in “Watch for lameness” on page 72. In his discussion, Apley focuses on two common problems found in backgrounding and feeding situations — footrot and toe abscesses, and one emerging challenge — hairy heel warts.