Drought and its implications on livestock producers are examined in four new publications from the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.

“While this year may not seem like a time to worry about drought management, the best strategies for dealing with drought are proactive rather than reactive,” says John Ritten, one of the authors and an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“Now is the time when you have the flexibility and can afford to make operational changes to ensure your operation is able to withstand drought,” he said. “If you wait until a drought happens, your options will be limited, and your ability to mitigate the negative aspects of drought will be severely reduced.”

The four bulletins are:

  • Two Common Drought Management Strategies and Some Considerations for Wyoming Cattle Producers, B-1218
  • Comparison of Alternative Cattle Management Strategies Under Long-Term Drought, B-1219
  • Considerations for Preparing a Drought Management Plan For Livestock Producers, B-1220
  • Price or Weather – Which Signal Should Livestock Producers Follow?, B-1221.

Hard copies are available by clicking the Request Hard Copy link on the same page. All copies are $1.50, except B-1221, which is $2/copy.

Other authors are Chris Bastian, associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Steve Paisley, associate professor, Department of Animal Science, Michael Smith, professor, Department of Renewable Resources, all in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and W. Marshall Frasier, professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University.