livestock

Drought in North Dakota Continues to Worsen

The worst areas are in the west, with much of the east rated as abnormally dry

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought that is ravaging crops, pastures and hay land in North Dakota has worsened over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly three-fourths of the state in some stage of drought, up from about two-thirds last week. At least 55 percent of the state is in severe or extreme drought, up from…

Drought Causing Low Participation in Ag-Related Activities

Farmers from the western part of the state said the drought has created difficult living and working conditions. KVRR reporter Jackie Kelly also contributed to this report.

WEST FARGO, ND — The Red River Valley Fair is an exciting summer activity in the metro that brings people from all over the state. But the livestock exhibits and different animal shows did not have as large of a turn out this year. The Red River Valley Fair is back for the season but the hot weather and lack…

Drought Causing Increase in Livestock Killing Bacteria

Six livestock deaths caused by the algae are reported in North Dakota so far this year

FARGO, ND¬†— The drought conditions are escalating algae which can kill livestock in five minutes if ingested. For rancher Roddy Grefsrud, it’s been a forgiving season in Hawley, Minnesota. “We got an inch and a half of rain Wednesday night,” said Grefsrud “We hope the pasture will come back a little bit. But otherwise, it hasn’t been bad.” But the…

North Dakota Ranchers Dealing with Deadly Algae Killing Their Livestock

She says it finds its way in the animal's drinking water and can kill livestock within five minutes of it being consumed

NORTH DAKOTA — Livestock specialists say the drought conditions are causing the spread of a type of algae deadly to livestock. Miranda Meheen says cyanobacteria caused the death of at least six livestock animals in North Dakota. Many of these deaths go unreported. She says it finds its way in the animal’s drinking water and can kill livestock within five…

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Bringing Assistance to Livestock Producers in Wake of Drought

Senator Heitkamp got the reassurances during a senate hearing

NORTH DAKOTA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing additional assistance for livestock producers dealing with the ongoing drought. The USDA has expanded emergency grazing on land enrolled in the CRP, including those counties where drought conditions are moderate. The agency says the authorization includes any county in which any part of its border lies within 150 miles of…

Livestock Deaths Linked to Blue Green Algae in North Dakota

It has been found in Stanley Pond in Mountrail County and the Harvey Reservoir in Wells County

NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota’s Health Department is warning about the presence of blue-green algae in some waters around the state. The algae can produce toxins that can sicken and even kill both people and animals. There have already been reports of livestock deaths linked to the algae. It has been found in Stanley Pond in Mountrail County and the…

How Ranchers Keep Livestock Warm in Winter Storms

Ranchers say livestock deaths are "minimal" so far this winter season

Despite recent winter storms, North Dakota Ag officials say most of the state’s livestock made it through. Cattle specialist Carl Dahlen says most cows are not taken inside during harsh winter storms. He says this can be dangerous to the animals. The excessive body heat and moisture could cause the spread of pneumonia¬†or other sicknesses. Ranchers use tree lines, walls…