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Water for Cattle a Challenge in Kansas Wildfires Aftermath

Grass fire in Reno County. (Photo from Reno County Fire District #6 via KMUW Radio)

There's now a critical need for water and reliable feed for cattle in the aftermath of the wildfires that have been ravaging parts of southern and western Kansas. As of this (THUR) morning, more than 660,000 acres in 21 counties had been affected, along with numerous evacuations and road closures. K-State Research and Extension beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner says the fires have crippled systems that are ordinarily used for getting water to cattle, which means producers may be forced to haul water to thirsty cattle. 


Hay relief efforts are also underway in many areas to help producers feed their cattle. 

 

Justin Waggoner of K-State Research & Extension:

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