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Cattle farmers hurt by cold weather

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email 

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -The cold weather is putting a hole in the pockets of many cattle farmers.

Because it has been so cold, the planted grass that farmers use for grazing is not growing. Farmers say grass is the cheapest source of food for cattle.

Cattle experts say it could take at least six weeks for the grass to grow again after a cold spell has ended.  Farmers could spend anywhere from $50 to $75 per head of cattle to get them another source of food.

"With the fallen temperatures the grass will stop growing, so they are going to have to spend some resources or money to buy corn, or protein, or some additional source of nutrition in order to keep these cattle productive," said Mike Keene, with the Mississippi State Extension Service.

Keene said temperatures need to get back up to the fifties and there needs to be more sunshine to get the grass growing again.

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