Cattle - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cattle producers want rainfall now

KINDER, LA (KPLC) -

The McNeese Fuller Teaching and Research Farm in Kinder held their beef cattle field day. While officials wished more producers came out to hear about the new technology and what great things are happening profit wise in the industry, the drought was on everyone's mind.

Farmers are in need of rainfall badly. Some agricultural officials like Dr. Chip LeMieux of McNeese State University Agricultural department says, "Cattle producers that are counting on rainfall for grass and hay production are being hurt right now."

With regards to rainfall, we are nearly 11 inches below normal for this time of year.  And Dr. Tom Shields, also of McNeese State University Agricultural department said it is the end of the summer grazing season and he fears that any seed popping out now will just lay dormant and wait to grow next year.

With grass and hay being the main feed option for cattle, and the rainfall being so minimal, producers have to dig into their pockets to pay for feed.  This can become costly.

And if you are wondering how this story applies to you if you are not a farmer, Dr. LeMieux had this to say,"Well, because you eat everyday don't you? And if we don't have water to get our crops to grow, all your grain prices are going to go up. Food prices will be going up. At the supermarket you are going to say 'why does everything cost so much?'

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • CPSB committee meeting approves Pre-K tuition for ineligible students

    CPSB committee meeting approves Pre-K tuition for ineligible students

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:27 PM EST2018-01-24 04:27:59 GMT
    (Source: WikiCommons/Flickr/Abrhujit Tembhekar)(Source: WikiCommons/Flickr/Abrhujit Tembhekar)

    A meeting centered on the issue of Pre-k eligibility and access in Calcasieu Parish public schools will be held tonight.

    More >>

    A meeting centered on the issue of Pre-k eligibility and access in Calcasieu Parish public schools will be held tonight.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Mancuso: Search in Starks related to decade-old missing persons case

    Mancuso: Search in Starks related to decade-old missing persons case

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:59 PM EST2018-01-24 00:59:49 GMT
    Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says deputies are acting on a tip and searching a field in Starks for a body of a person missing for more than a decade. (Source: KPLC)Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says deputies are acting on a tip and searching a field in Starks for a body of a person missing for more than a decade. (Source: KPLC)

    Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating after receiving a tip that a body of a person missing for more than a decade may be buried in a field behind the EZ Mart on La. 12 in Starks. However, Sheriff Tony Mancuso stressed that the investigation has revealed nothing thus far. "There is nothing concrete that tells us there is something or there isn't something," he said. Mancuso also put to bed social media rumors that multiple bodies have be...

    More >>

    Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating after receiving a tip that a body of a person missing for more than a decade may be buried in a field behind the EZ Mart on La. 12 in Starks. However, Sheriff Tony Mancuso stressed that the investigation has revealed nothing thus far. "There is nothing concrete that tells us there is something or there isn't something," he said. Mancuso also put to bed social media rumors that multiple bodies have be...

    More >>
  • Mother claims 7 year-old son was kicked off school bus far from home

    Mother claims 7 year-old son was kicked off school bus far from home

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:50 PM EST2018-01-24 00:50:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A Lake Charles mother claims her 7 year-old son was kicked off his school bus more than a mile away from home. Now, she's left looking for answers. Toni Thomas says her son, Joseph, didn't get off the bus one day.  "People were calling and knocking on the door, kids were running," said Thomas. "They came in and they were said Joe got put off the bus and I thought they were talking about at the school because he gotten in trouble or something, but they s...

    More >>

    A Lake Charles mother claims her 7 year-old son was kicked off his school bus more than a mile away from home. Now, she's left looking for answers. Toni Thomas says her son, Joseph, didn't get off the bus one day.  "People were calling and knocking on the door, kids were running," said Thomas. "They came in and they were said Joe got put off the bus and I thought they were talking about at the school because he gotten in trouble or something, but they s...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly