N.D. counties affected by drought eligible for USDA's Livestock Forage Disaster Program

Published: Jun. 23, 2017 at 6:51 PM CDT
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Ranchers in North Dakota counties affected by drought are eligible to receive payments under USDA's Livestock Forage Disaster Program.

No water means rancher's in North Dakota can't grow their own feed. For Chad Berger that's a problem

"My hay ain't even running 20 percent of what I put up last year and it just won't be enough to get by," said Berger.

It's especially bad if you need to keep your world class bulls in top shape.

A full grown bull can eat around 50 lbs of feed a day.

"Even if you got carry over it ain't good enough feed for them, so I have to go out and go a long ways. Colorado, Arkansas Kansas to find good high protein, good quality hay to feed," said Berger.

Friday's announcement concerns North Dakota ranchers that are eligible for reimbursement from the USDA. Those funds may help rancher's keep their herd intact.

"These people raise these cattle, been breeding them for 30, 40, 50 years trying to keep their herds up to, you know trying to get the best genetics in the world and when you got to sell them you have to start all over," said Berger.

Applications for the LFP must be submitted within 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred.