“The drought took its toll on many local ranchers last year,” Karnes County Farm Bureau President Zack Yanta said. “Many were forced to sell off cattle because there was nothing for them to eat.”
Zack said Karnes County cattlemen will take a number of things into consideration in their restocking decisions. The biggest variable is the weather.
“Things look green now, but a lot of that is weeds,” Zack said. “If it quits raining, those weeds won’t carry cattle through the summer.”
On the plus side are high cattle prices, Zack said.
“The cow/calf producer is in the driver’s seat,” Zack said. “But I think we’ll see a lot of caution as local ranchers consider restocking their pastures.”