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Ranchers Worry About Forage for Livestock after Freeze

IMBODEN, AR - Agriculture officials say they are still assessing the damage that this month's hard freeze brought to forage for livestock.

Pasture grass and the state's hay crop have been affected.

Cooperative Extension Service dairy specialist Jodie Pennington says the cows themselves weren't harmed by the cold weather, though calves are more prone to pneumonia and injury to extremities, such as frozen tails or ears.

Pennington says the warm weather that came before the freeze had some cattle suffering from heat stress and the cold weather helped them out.

Officials say that forage that had been green before the freeze has been set back, which is a concern for farmers.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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