Dehydrated Cows Get a Drink
"Right now, it's awful dry. You can see the ponds are all going dry, and my well back here, the other farm, has recently went dry a few weeks ago," said Dale Stockman, cattle producer. "And right now there is no relief in sight. The rain just keeps going around us."
The USDA has an emergency program to help cattle and hog producers with wells, water lines, drinking tanks and springs.
"The wells that we actually installed last year in this program are holding up pretty well. They are dug a little deeper and they are still supplying adequate water," said Drew Parmley, county executive director. "Some folks with older wells, in the past, they won't drill wells as deep. We are finding that the water table has been depleted quite a bit after two years of drought."
Stockman's old well no longer can supply his cattle with water.
"I am going to drill another well back here by the old house here," he explained. "In case this well would go dry, we would really be in trouble. If they'll help us out 50%, that will help us quite a bit."
The USDA spent about $40,000 last year in Cole and Miller counties for drought assistance, but costs will be higher this year because the drought is worse.