Horse Tack Post: 5 Star Saddle Pads at Barn World

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Saddle Pads from 5 Star are at Barn World

Barn World, your best source for equine tack, is proud to offer the best quality saddle pads and cinches available.  5 Star saddle pads and cinches are hand made to order and offer French Contouring to ensure a proper fit for your horse or mule.  The unique saddle pad design allows it to conform to your horse’s back and provide the best fit for equine performance and comfort.

We are so impressed with the 100% wool saddle pads and simplicity of design, that we believe everyone could benefit from using them.

Here’s a quick video and text from Laurel:

“A lot of gimmicks can be strapped under a saddle to get one benefit or another, but man has yet to create a product that outperforms virgin wool, and over the long haul, virgin wool content felt pads will outperform any other type of pad or blanket hands down. 5 stars 100% percent wool contoured saddle pads conform immediately to your horse’s back for perfect fit. Our F-11 wool felt has the highest virgin wool content available and offers 3 times more compression protection and wicking ability than any other pad on the market. While the importance of compression protection is pretty clear given the dominance of rubber, bubble wrap and space age jelly saddle pads today, only high quality wool felt offers great compression protection while simultaneously wicking away moisture. That wicking action is the means by which heat is dissipated under the pressure of the saddle. The best compression protection, coupled with the best wicking ability, translates to the best performance from your equine partner. When you consider the amount of money one might spend on feed, tack, vet bills and entry fees to pursue your equine passion, a saddle pad with all the ingredients for maximum performance is essential. While the big ships full of cheap goods leave a toxic trail all the way from Los Angeles to China and back, 5 Star is producing the highest quality products right here in the USA.”

From Mike:  “In the last 20 years the industry has come up with using every conceivable kind of thing out of the auto industry and space industry that was never intended for use in horses. Everything from gels to foams to freezer linings all of these have zero or next to nothing as far as good quality and compression protection and absolutely zero in wicking ability and the agents that are needed for wicking sweat and heat away from the horses back. Pressed industrial felt is the only thing that has really been proven over time to have the high quality wicking ability and high compression ratio for horses. 5 Star has 3 times the compression ratio of any other pad on the market and has 2 times the wicking ability of any close competitor in the felt industry as far as pads are concerned. So why is 5 Star so good? 5 Star uses the highest quality virgin wool content in their felt. Only through the use of high-quality virgin wool, can you have a high-quality compression ratios and the high wicking quality you can get. Add to that,5 Stars established French curve that will fit any horse backline that settles in to create high-quality performance. 5 Star is a pad that will last forever, kind of like an old sweater that you snag and you throw away so that you have a chance to get a new one. Nothing makes it simpler for performance and making 5 Star the best pad in your tack room.”

Some pointers from 5 Star for use when selecting a saddle pad:

  • If the saddles don’t fit they can push pads out the back.
  • A saddle tree may be warped if it pushes pad out the back and to the side.
  • If you wouldn’t wear that stuff for underpants or socks why put it on the animal!
  • Synthetic pads have the highest profit margin for makers.
  • Sweat pouring off a back is like you standing on ice with tennis shoes on a hill!
  • Do you like having bandages pulled off your hairy arms? So how do you think tacky material feels to an animal?
  • Wool felt pads are easily cleaned!
  • Synthetic fleeced saddle skirting is slick and will present problems with most pads.
  • Don’t be fooled by Patent Pending in advertising.
  • Synthetic foams are not UV light resistant and break down,
  • Synthetic foams break down from heat and salts of the animal.
  • Fire or strong acids are the only thing that will harm wool.
  • All pads will contract and spread disease when not cleaned if infection exists.
  • Pinch pads with thumb and fingers.  If you can feel the other digit it likely has bad compression protection.
  • Buy for function first, then looks.
  • Don’t be fooled by gimmick terms and pictures.
  • Ask construction specifications of retailer and manufacturer.

For all of your equine tack needs, please visit BarnWorld.com today or call 720.238.2190.

Farrier Supplies: Hoof Stands – Save your back, Barn World has a hoof stand for all sizes!

 

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Hoof Stands from Barn World

At Barn World, we’ve come across a lot of great products and one that has stood out  with it’s ability and ease of use is the Hoof-It hoof stand.  Whether working on a large draft horse hoof, a standard horse hoof  or small hoofed animals such as ponies, smaller horse breeds and older horses, there is a hoof stand available to make the back breaking chore of trimming a hoof much, much easier.

The HOOF-it®  Hoof Stand, designed by farrier Steve Samet, features a new modern design which integrates the post and cradle to create a “two-in-one” unit. This combo design allows the user to easily switch from the standard hoof cradle to the draft cradle in order to work on and shoe a wide range of hoof sizes.

The cradle and post are covered with a shock-absorbing rubber material that provides a comfortable support for the horse, while the wide base unit provides added stability and safety for the user.

The hoof stands are available in three sizes and in a combination stand:

Please check out the instructional hoof stand video below to see just how easy working on a hoof can be with the hoof stand.

Hoof Stands

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand

Hoof care the easy & comfortable way! Easy on the horse and the user, the Hoof-it® Stand gives you both the post and cradle integrated into one, innovative hoof stand. Do yourself a favor! Take the pain out of your back and knees with the New Hoof Stand from HOOF-it® Technologies

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand, designed by Farrier Steve Samet, features a shock absorbing, integrated rubber cradle and hoof post into one easy to use unit.

The Hoof Stand provides a stable and safe support for the horse, allowing it to relax without putting all of it’s weight on you.

For additional safety and stability when working with the Hoof-it®Stand try the following:

* keep on foot on the base unit when working with the Hoof® Stand

* do not leave the horses leg or hoof in the cradle or on the stand, when unattended.

Benefits for Farrier’s, Veterinarians and horse Owners who use the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand:

√ Easy to use “All in One” innovative, design integrates both the post and cradle in to one.

√ The innovative design of the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand dramatically reduces your risk of getting injured during hoof care tasks.

√ The HOOF-it Stand is ideally suited for use with all types of horses, including older horses that require special support and comfort during hoof care tasks.

√ The rubber cushioned Cradle fits different hoof sizes and hugs the hoof.

Let HOOF-it® Hoof Stand deal with the majority of the horses weight during any type of hoof care tasks, rather than your back or knees.

Visit www.BarnWorld.com today to see all of Barn World’s farrier supplies and livestock supplies.

 

 

Saddle Pads: Great Saddle Pad Overview video

Saddle pad overview video

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Barn World carries a large selection of saddle pads 5 Star equine as well as cinches and breast collars. We also have sheepskin saddle pads and covers for horse tack protection and equine style.  All of the cinches and breast collars we offer are made from 100% mohair and provide the maximum amount of comfort, performance and durability.

Our wool saddle pad selection is made from more virgin wool than any other 100% wool pad.  This allows for 3 times the compression protection than synthetic neoprene pads and gives more even weight distribution and impact absorption.  These 100% wool pads offer 4 times the wicking ability to eliminate moisture and heat buildup to provide riding comfort and protection for both horse and rider.  It it also allows for soft and durable easy cleanup.

When looking through a variety of saddle pad styles and types available I came across a neat little video from Equestrian Neightion, a nice play on words, on YouTube by Howcast.  It  gives a quick overview and basic overview of the different types of saddle pads available.  Check it out here:

 

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Types of saddle pads

Saddle pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each has a specific use or function.  Selecting the right equipment will ensure that both you and your horse or pony will be comfortable and prepared to work.

Here are some common options:

Contoured or shaped pads – made of fleece or sheep skin, these pads are cut to the saddle shape and are used for horse showing and Hunter and equitaion classes.

Square pads – are popular for dressage, and are permissible for jumpers and cross-country.  Examples of these pads include aroma pad, an ideal choice for everyday riding.  This is an all-purpose pad used with both saddles and can be used in competition.

Baby pad – a lightweight every day schooling pad often used in conjunction with corrective pads.

Corrective pads – typically used in addition to another saddle pad.

Gel pad – reduces impact and shock to the horses back providing a cushion between saddle pad and horse.

Riser pad – creates added lift for the back of the saddle.

Half pad – provides protective cushioning, impact absorption and uniform weight distribution of the saddle.

Cashel pad – relieves pressure points on the horses back and withers.

Wither pad – provides back protection by relieving pressure on the spine.

Bareback pad – used for casual riding without a saddle.  The bareback pad allows for a comfortable area where the writer can sit.  The pad also provides a less slippery alternative that sitting directly on the horses back

Hoof Stands and Farrier Supplies from Barn World

 

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Hoof Stands from Barn World

 

At Barn World, we’ve come across a lot of great products and one that has stood out  with it’s ability and ease of use is the Hoof-It hoof stand.  Whether working on a large draft horse hoof, a standard horse hoof  or small hoofed animals such as ponies, smaller horse breeds and older horses, there is a hoof stand available to make the back breaking chore of trimming a hoof much, much easier.

The HOOF-it®  Hoof Stand, designed by farrier Steve Samet, features a new modern design which integrates the post and cradle to create a “two-in-one” unit. This combo design allows the user to easily switch from the standard hoof cradle to the draft cradle in order to work on and shoe a wide range of hoof sizes.

The cradle and post are covered with a shock-absorbing rubber material that provides a comfortable support for the horse, while the wide base unit provides added stability and safety for the user.

The hoof stands are available in three sizes and in a combination stand:

Please check out the instructional hoof stand video below to see just how easy working on a hoof can be with the hoof stand.

 

 

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand

Hoof care the easy & comfortable way! Easy on the horse and the user, the Hoof-it® Stand gives you both the post and cradle integrated into one, innovative hoof stand. Do yourself a favor! Take the pain out of your back and knees with the New Hoof Stand from HOOF-it® Technologies

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand, designed by Farrier Steve Samet, features a shock absorbing, integrated rubber cradle and hoof post into one easy to use unit.

The Hoof Stand provides a stable and safe support for the horse, allowing it to relax without putting all of it’s weight on you.

For additional safety and stability when working with the Hoof-it®Stand try the following:

* keep on foot on the base unit when working with the Hoof® Stand

* do not leave the horses leg or hoof in the cradle or on the stand, when unattended.

Benefits for Farrier’s, Veterinarians and horse Owners who use the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand:

√ Easy to use “All in One” innovative, design integrates both the post and cradle in to one.

√ The innovative design of the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand dramatically reduces your risk of getting injured during hoof care tasks.

√ The HOOF-it Stand is ideally suited for use with all types of horses, including older horses that require special support and comfort during hoof care tasks.

√ The rubber cushioned Cradle fits different hoof sizes and hugs the hoof.

Let HOOF-it® Hoof Stand deal with the majority of the horses weight during any type of hoof care tasks, rather than your back or knees.

Visit www.BarnWorld.com today to see all of Barn World’s farrier supplies and livestock supplies.

 

 

Farrier Supplies: Hoof Stands – a real back saver. Hoof Stands for Horses of all sizes at Barn World!

 

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Hoof Stands from Barn World

 

At Barn World, we’ve come across a lot of great products and one that has stood out  with it’s ability and ease of use is the Hoof-It hoof stand.  Whether working on a large draft horse hoof, a standard horse hoof  or small hoofed animals such as ponies, smaller horse breeds and older horses, there is a hoof stand available to make the back breaking chore of trimming a hoof much, much easier.

The HOOF-it®  Hoof Stand, designed by farrier Steve Samet, features a new modern design which integrates the post and cradle to create a “two-in-one” unit. This combo design allows the user to easily switch from the standard hoof cradle to the draft cradle in order to work on and shoe a wide range of hoof sizes.

The cradle and post are covered with a shock-absorbing rubber material that provides a comfortable support for the horse, while the wide base unit provides added stability and safety for the user.

The hoof stands are available in three sizes and in a combination stand:

Please check out the instructional hoof stand video below to see just how easy working on a hoof can be with the hoof stand.

 

Hoof Stands

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand

Hoof care the easy & comfortable way! Easy on the horse and the user, the Hoof-it® Stand gives you both the post and cradle integrated into one, innovative hoof stand. Do yourself a favor! Take the pain out of your back and knees with the New Hoof Stand from HOOF-it® Technologies

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand, designed by Farrier Steve Samet, features a shock absorbing, integrated rubber cradle and hoof post into one easy to use unit.

The Hoof Stand provides a stable and safe support for the horse, allowing it to relax without putting all of it’s weight on you.

For additional safety and stability when working with the Hoof-it®Stand try the following:

* keep on foot on the base unit when working with the Hoof® Stand

* do not leave the horses leg or hoof in the cradle or on the stand, when unattended.

Benefits for Farrier’s, Veterinarians and horse Owners who use the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand:

√ Easy to use “All in One” innovative, design integrates both the post and cradle in to one.

√ The innovative design of the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand dramatically reduces your risk of getting injured during hoof care tasks.

√ The HOOF-it Stand is ideally suited for use with all types of horses, including older horses that require special support and comfort during hoof care tasks.

√ The rubber cushioned Cradle fits different hoof sizes and hugs the hoof.

Let HOOF-it® Hoof Stand deal with the majority of the horses weight during any type of hoof care tasks, rather than your back or knees.

Visit www.BarnWorld.com today to see all of Barn World’s farrier supplies and livestock supplies.

Hoof Stands from Barn World – A hoof stand will save a farrier’s back and yours!

 

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Hoof Stands from Barn World

 

At Barn World, we come across a lot of great products and one that has stood out  with it’s ability and ease of use is the Hoof-It hoof stand.  Whether working on a large draft horse hoof, a standard horse hoof  or small hoofed animals such as ponies, smaller horse breeds and older horses, there is a hoof stand available to make the back breaking chore of trimming a hoof much, much easier.

The HOOF-it®  Hoof Stand, designed by farrier Steve Samet, features a new modern design which integrates the post and cradle to create a “two-in-one” unit. This combo design allows the user to easily switch from the standard hoof cradle to the draft cradle in order to work on and shoe a wide range of hoof sizes.

The cradle and post are covered with a shock-absorbing rubber material that provides a comfortable support for the horse, while the wide base unit provides added stability and safety for the user.

The hoof stands are available in three sizes and in a combination stand:

Please check out the instructional hoof stand video below to see just how easy working on a hoof can be with the hoof stand.

 

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand

Hoof care the easy & comfortable way! Easy on the horse and the user, the Hoof-it® Stand gives you both the post and cradle integrated into one, innovative hoof stand. Do yourself a favor! Take the pain out of your back and knees with the New Hoof Stand from HOOF-it® Technologies

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand, designed by Farrier Steve Samet, features a shock absorbing, integrated rubber cradle and hoof post into one easy to use unit.
The Hoof Stand provides a stable and safe support for the horse, allowing it to relax without putting all of it’s weight on you.

For additional safety and stability when working with the Hoof-it®Stand try the following:
* keep on foot on the base unit when working with the Hoof® Stand
* do not leave the horses leg or hoof in the cradle or on the stand, when unattended.

Benefits for Farrier’s, Veterinarians and horse Owners who use the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand:

√ Easy to use “All in One” innovative, design integrates both the post and cradle in to one.

√ The innovative design of the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand dramatically reduces your risk of getting injured during hoof care tasks.

√ The HOOF-it Stand is ideally suited for use with all types of horses, including older horses that require special support and comfort during hoof care tasks.

√ The rubber cushioned Cradle fits different hoof sizes and hugs the hoof.

Let HOOF-it® Hoof Stand deal with the majority of the horses weight during any type of hoof care tasks, rather than your back or knees.

Visit www.BarnWorld.com today to see all of Barn World’s farrier supplies and livestock supplies.


Hay Feeders – Texas drought makes hay feeders ever so important

 

The extreme Texas drought has made hay feeders even more important than ever.  Given the extreme conditions and the lack of natural hay and even the lack of hay from neighboring states available to be trucked in, it has become a necessity to have hay feeders that eliminate any kind of waste.

 

Barn World has a large selection of hay feeders that minimize waste and maximize the amount of hay that gets to your herd.  Please view our large hay feeder selection online to minimize the cost of feed and help eliminate any possibility of  selling out any livestock.

 

We have a great selection of combo hay feeders, standard bale feeders, portable hay feeders and stall feeders.  In fact, visit BarnWorld for all of your livestock equipment and livestock supply needs.

 

Below is a succinct  article from Progressive Cattleman detailing the severity of the drought Texas is dealing with.  We hope that it ends soon and the herds get back to normal quickly.

 

 

Texas crop, weather: It’s a ‘no-brainer;’ sell out herds now PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:10
Written by Tony Okon – Progressive Cattleman

 

COLEGE STATION – With little to no grazing and hay, should livestock producers continue to try to buy feed, move cattle to another state or just sell out?

 

“It would be much less expensive to just get out and come back later,” said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist. “And that’s the message that we’re trying to convey.”

Many livestock producers have already tried to cut feeding costs by extensively culling their herds, but have held onto enough cows to rebuild their herds if the drought passes, he said.

In some dry years, that might be a good strategy, but not this one, Redmon said.

“It’s unprecedented,” he said. “(We’ve had) the 12 driest months in Texas history, and there’s just not many ways to combat that.”

With grazing and hay supplies next to non-existent in many areas of the state, it’s getting very expensive to buy feed. On average, it’s costing producers “somewhere around a $100 a month to have these animals (cows) stay in the pasture and feed them,” he said.

Another choice is to move cattle elsewhere, most likely another state during this drought, and lease land where there is grazing, Redmon said.

“It could be western Mississippi; it could be eastern Louisiana; or it could be maybe Missouri,” he said. ‘I haven’t talked to anybody this year, but in the past couple of years people have called me from other states and they’ve quoted prices of $20 to $22 per (cow/calf) pair per month. Even assuming that’s $25 or $30 that’s still a far, far cry from $100 a month.”

Of course, one has to add the cost of hauling a trailer load of cattle to the leased grazing, but even with that added cost it still cheaper than trying to buy hay and feed at today’s prices, he said.

“It’s probably going to be $3 to $3.50 a loaded mile –something like that,” he said. “If you just put all that together … the savings could still be tremendous if a person could find a place to put those animals.”

But completely selling out makes more sense yet, Redmon said, given there’s no guarantee this drought will end anytime soon.

“Some people would counter and say it’ll cost more to come back into the business later because conditions will have improved, and more people will be getting back in,” he said. “That’s true. But again, looking at the difference in what it would cost to buy cows and come back in at some later date — versus what they would spend trying to go through this drought — mathematically, it’s just a no-brainer.”

More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website athttp://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/.

AgriLife Extension district reporters compiled the following summaries:

Central: Northern parts of the district received from 2 to 5 inches of rain, but conditions remained largely unchanged. Sale barns were full each Saturday. Cattle were getting thin. All livestock producers were heavily feeding. Hay and water was in short supply. Farmers continued to harvest crops worth harvesting. Many crops were being zeroed-out for insurance purposes.

Coastal Bend: Though light showers were reported in some areas, extreme drought conditions persisted. The cotton harvest was ongoing. Livestock producers continued to sell off herds due to lack of forage. Most watering ponds were dry. Some water wells were also going dry, and some producers were drilling new ones. Many trees were dying or showing signs of drought stress.

East: No rain was received, and the drought worsened. Water levels in stock ponds and creeks were dangerously low. Many trees were dying or going dormant early. Hay was no longer being harvested. Producers were searching for hay to buy. Out-of-state purchases were becoming more common. Ranchers continued culling and selling off herds. Livestock began to show signs of obvious weight-loss.

North: Soil moisture was very short over most of the area. Daytime highs of 100-plus degrees and nighttime lows in the mid-80s continued to be the norm. A few areas received some rain, which might improve pastures if they are not overgrazed and given time to regrow. Without rain, most pastures continued to go downhill. The corn and grain sorghum harvests were nearly complete with yields reported to be slightly above average. Soybeans – those that survived the drought — were also being harvested. Some soybeans were cut for hay and the rest were being plowed under. Corn and milo stalks were being harvested as hay and shipped all over the state. Where there was hay, it was being sold before it was cut. Once baled, hay was being loaded on trucks and shipped out before the baler got cold. Most livestock producers were feeding hay and supplements to cattle. With heavy supplemental feeding and short hay supplies, producers continued to cull their herds and were scrambling to find hay for immediate feeding and for winter. Some livestock producers were selling out. Water was becoming a major concern as ponds were getting very low. Hay producers hoped for late August or September rains so they could possibly produce one more cutting. Trees were dying from the record heat and lack of rain for over 60 days in most areas. Rangeland and pasture conditions were very poor.

Panhandle: Most of the region received scattered showers and cooler weather. Accumulations ranged from a trace to 1.5 inches. The rain and cooler weather was welcomed, but it was not enough moisture to help the very thirsty crops. Soil moisture levels remained very short. Irrigators were watering full swing trying to keep up with water demands. Gray County received hail along with the rain, which stripped the leaves off some cotton and corn. Also, high winds toppled six pivots in that county. The rain greened up some pastures, but more was needed to really make a difference in the very poor conditions. However, the cooler weather did ease water needs and heat stress on cattle. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued. Producers who were trying to hang on to their cattle were buying hay form other states, with hauling costs running $20-$30 per ton.

Rolling Plains: Rain! But the amount varied greatly from county to county. Throckmorton County received from 0.5 inch to 3 inches of rain, while Stephens County received from 0.5 inch to 5 inches. Haskell County received as much as 2.8 inches. Other counties received from 0.1 to 0.8 inch. However, the majority of counties did not receive any measurable moisture. The rain was no help for cotton producers, though it did help wheat growers who would like to plant in September. More moderate temperatures, especially nighttime lows, helped relieve stress on livestock. Cotton was fruiting, but even under heavy watering, fields still looked weak. Producers were weaning and selling calves. Some producers are selling or shipping their cows to out-of-state grazing. Hay was scarce and expensive when available. A few hay producers hoped to have a late-summer cutting. Large trees were beginning to show the effects of too little moisture.

South: Record-high temperatures continued. In Webb County, temperatures of 104 and higher were reported. Some daytime highs reached 108 or even 110 degrees. Rangeland and pastures further declined, forage supplies and stock-tank water levels dropped. Many livestock water tanks had already completely dried out. In Live Oak County, there were record numbers of livestock sales at sale barns. The heaviest livestock culling was taking place in Webb and Zavala counties, where ranchers have completely run out of water resources. Also, feed sources in those counties were very scarce. The western portion of Frio County received 0.5 to 1 inch of rain. Also in that Frio County, the corn harvest was completed, the cotton harvest began and the sorghum harvest was ongoing. Most crops in Jim Wells County were harvested, and fields were ready for fall and winter preparations. In Zavala County, farmers were preparing land for cabbage and spinach planting, and pecan producers were irrigating orchards in the critical kernel-development stage. In Hidalgo County, the cotton harvesting was winding down. In Starr County, farmers were planting sugarcane and fall vegetables. In Willacy County, harvesting of late-planted cotton continued.

South Plains: Some areas received as much as 3 inches of rain. Others got none. The remaining cotton is from two weeks to a month ahead of schedule; and the final stages of flowering or in cut-out. In other areas, cotton was shedding bolls and squares from lack of water. Of the 42,000 cotton acres planted in Garza County, only 8,000 remained. Many producers were planning on an early harvest. High temperatures dropped into the 90s. Most counties were still under burn bans. Some growers chose to dig and harvest peanut vines for hay due to the low pegging rate. White grapes in Yoakum County were harvested, and red grapes were expected to be ready by the end of August. Cattle producers were selling off herds because of shortages of grass, hay and water.

Southeast: The extreme drought did not budge. The month of July closed with a nearly 22-inch rainfall deficit for the year in some parts of the region. Some areas had scattered showers. Grain sorghum and rice fields were being baled and sold for livestock forage. Early July had brought some light rains that allowed for re-growth of grain sorghum. But tests showed very high prussic acid levels. People feeding this forage to livestock were cautioned to test all sorghum grass species before grazing or feeding as hay. Pond levels continued to drop. The condition of cattle continued to decline with the as pastures worsened. Cattle sales were up. Some infestation of red rice was reported in the rice crop.

Southwest: Sporadic showers brought 1 inch to 2 inches of rain to some areas, but most of the region remained completely dry. High afternoon winds created dust storms. Record high or near-record high temperatures of over 100 degrees aggravated the drought. The region remains in wildfire-alert status. Many stock tanks were dry. Forage availability remained well below average for this time of the year. The cotton, watermelon and cantaloupe harvests were all ongoing. Some farmers planted sweet corn for an early fall harvest. Peanuts, pecans and landscape nursery crops continued to make good progress wherever irrigation water was still available. Ranchers were providing supplemental feed for livestock.

West Central: Extremely hot, dry conditions continued. Wildfire dangers remained very high. Some areas reported scattered showers, but not enough moisture was received to make a difference. The heat has destroyed almost everything planted, including gardens. Rangeland and pastures were in poor condition. Trees in pastures were dying at an alarming rate. Stock-water tanks were very low or completely dry. Ranchers were hauling water to most livestock. Hay supplies were very limited. Producers continued to cull livestock herds. More and more livestock producers are selling out. 

Photos courtesy of Texas AgriLife Extension Servive, Robert Burns.

Top right: Desperate for hay, the owner of this baler and tractor was trying to harvest a parched field of grass on a neighbor’s property in East Texas. A spark from the baler ignited hay inside, and the resulting fire spread to more than 100 acres. No houses burned, but the operator lost both machines plus his pickup truck, which was parked nearby, according to witnesses.

Middle left: Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, during times of better grazing in East Texas.

Bottom right: The 12 Texas AgriLife Extension Service Districts.