Hay a hot commodity among ranchers in Ark. drought

LEWISVILLE, AR (AP) - Livestock owners in Arkansas are struggling with dry conditions, which makes forage for their cattle scarce. A hay supply that's showing signs of shortages is complicating the situation.

Agriculture experts say little hay was leftover from last year and that first cuttings this year were down sharply because of cool and moist conditions early in the growing season. Some of the hay is shipped out of state.

Dry conditions extend over almost all of Arkansas, and southern counties in the state are experiencing drought.

A silver lining for producers is that cattle prices are high, so livestock owners can sell any animal that they may have trouble feeding.

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