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Drought May Impact Cost of Dairy, Meat Products

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The weather's not as hot as it was last week, but the drought continues.

The year started out on-pace for snow fall and rain, but since March, things have gone dry for most of Mid-Michigan.

Michigan State University Extension Agricultural Economist Jim Hilker says it's all part of the food chain.

 

"When you have less production, you have higher prices. The biggest use of corn and soybeans is for feed for livestock and dairy animals," said Hilker. "You have higher feed prices, that means it costs a lot more to produce milk, beef and hogs."

He told 6 News crop values are close to reaching record prices--a pain in your pocket that you may not feel for at least eight months.

 

"They can cut back by putting less weight on the animals, that's one way and eventually they'll cut back to breeding herd," said Hilker.

It's a big concern for dairy cattle herder Bob Kreft, who will have to weigh other options if the drought continues. Something he's not looking forward to doing.

"It's a good source of energy for our cows, particularly our higher producing cows," said Kreft.

So from the field to feed, from cow to your plate, experts say brace yourself for some long-term effects. 

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