Drought in the Midwest gives cattle farmers an edge

Spring has sprung in Rolla, Missouri, and cattle farmer Ken Lenox has noticed an increase in business.

“We’ve never dreamed of $2 a-pound cattle and they were well over $2 a-pound.”

When we last spoke with Lenox, he was dealing with temperatures below 14 degrees. The frost is now gone from his fields and he’s not only seeing a boom in his cattle business, but in his hay crops too.

“We just finished up 150 acres of hay. We just got rid of our spring calves that we sell. So things are looking up.”

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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