Ranch Management and Production during Drought
This UC publication provides recommendations for range management, supplemental feeding, and livestock management during drought conditions in California that you may want to consider.
This UC publication addresses water availability and drought management for cool season grass pastures in Northern California, as well as discusses the adaptive measures producers can take to sustain pasture productivity both before and after drought.
Culling cattle is the most direct method of reducing forage consumption on drought-stricken rangeland. This UC publication provides information on strategic culling, which requires the ability to navigate the current year's challenges while considering the necessity of rebuilding cattle numbers in the future.
This extensive guide can help rangeland managers better prepare for, understand, and manage drought risk (worksheets included!). This work was a project of the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, South Dakota State University, and Texas A&M Kingsville.
This brief fact sheet by South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service and USDA highlights ten considerations for ranchers to prepare for and/or respond to drought.
This comprehensive guide from the Cooperative Extension System's Cow-Calf Management Library can aid in objective decision making for drought preparation.
Early weaning can be a useful tool to manage forage supply during a drought while minimizing the need to feed high energy rations or dramatically liquidate cattle. This publication outlines potential scenarios and considerations.
The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln worked with ranchers and advisors to develop a drought-planning methodology for ranch operations in the Great Plains. This publication provides step-by-step information based on rancher experiences.