Heat is causing problems for farmers
Many cattle farmers in the Virginia area are selling early. We've told you how the hot weather means less grass and hay to feed their stock and that costs money. The price for cows is pretty good right now, but if farmers hold out until fall, their cows would be fatter and so would their paychecks. Many can't risk their cows losing weight.
Many cattle farmers in the area are facing a dilemma, sell now for less, or sell later with risk.
"We sell our cattle by the pound so if you sell a calf now that weighs 500 lbs., if you could've kept him two more months and he'd have gained 2 lbs. a day he'd have weighed 600 lbs. it would be an extra 100 lbs. of income," Lynchburg Livestock Market Co-owner Matthew Fariss said.
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