Large numbers (scaled circles) of cattle in the Central Plains will see COLDER (blue) and WETTER (green) than normal temperatures over the next 7-days.
The percentage of cattle in drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Drought is based on Moderate Drought (D1) or greater. To see a full explanation of the U.S. Drought Monitor categories and how they are determined click here.
Average cattle cold stress for Feb-Mar (based on the Cattle Comfort Index) compared to what was observed for the Feb-Mar of 2019. Cold conditions extended much further south this winter compared to what normally would be expected for February and March reducing cattle condition and complicating calving.
Counties that had more than 2″ of precipitation during March 2019. Circles represent counties with greater than 25K head of cattle, blue intensity represents cold stress. NE, IA, and MN have observed some of the most intense conditions this March.
Livestock Wx Drought Trends for April 16, 2019: Parts of the Southwest and Southeast Could See Drought Expansion Over the Next 15-Days Two rapidly-moving strong
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