The Kansas beef industry has been hit hard by two years of prolonged drought. The summer of 2011 and 2012 were particularly difficult, causing many cattlemen to have to deeply cull their herds and some to wonder if it would be possible to stay in business.
Concerns about adequate pasture and pasture pond water supplies continue to be of concern as the annual grazing season in the Flint Hills is set to open April 15. Many ranchers say that stocking rates will be reduced and some pastures do not have adequate water to even start the season.
Of particular concern for many cattlemen is how to protect decades or even generations of efforts to breed for the best genetic traits.
The American Angus Association produced the embedded video with Kansas Angus producer Barb Downey talking about what she and her husband, Joe Carpenter, have done to preserve the herd they have worked so hard to build over the last several decades.