The Beef Cattle Research Council on how a plan for drought management must include planning for and consideration of how drought will affect the entire system – including plants, livestock and water sources.
Whether in the form of pasture, stored forage, or supplements, feed is the largest variable input cost in cow-calf operations. A big challenge is to feed the cow in a way that meets her current and future nutritional requirements for maintenance, lactation, maintaining a successful pregnancy, giving birth and getting rebred within 80-85 days of calving as cost effectively as possible. This challenge is obviously much greater during drought, when feed is scarce and expensive.
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for mostly rural areas of east central and southeast Alberta. Temperatures are expected to top 29C to 32C for daytime highs for longer than a week, an unusually long duration for such a heat wave.