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Drought Pushes Cattle Herds North

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska. (Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)
Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska. (Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)

For decades, Texas has been the center of cattle country, but drought is reshaping the beef map and raising the price of steak.

Ranchers are moving their herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska by the thousands. They’re seeking refuge from dry weather and cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports.

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