Drought complicates watering cattle this winter in Mo.

MT. VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Ranchers could find watering cattle more difficult this winter because drought conditions have left many ponds with little water in them.

The University of Missouri Extension says that as shallow ponds freeze, that creates challenges. Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole says some farmers already are hauling water.

He says water requirements vary depending on the cattle’s size, what they’re eating, the weather conditions and whether they are pregnant or producing milk.

Frozen water is less of a concern now than in years past because more ranchers are using automatic waters. But for ranchers who still rely on ponds, Cole says it’s crucial to make sure cattle have daily access to water after a cold snap.

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