Farmers Sell Cattle To Handle Heat

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

The summer's taken its toll on Warren County farmers and they've taken some drastic measures to handle the heat.

Hundreds arrived at the Barren River Livestock Center to sell their cattle on Aug. 14.

And the center says they came in numbers they've never seen before.

"We have to do something. We can't afford to feed them," said livestock owner Bruce Aupdegraff.

He and his wife Teresa have been in line for nearly two hours.

It's a long wait on a hot day at the Barren River Livestock Center.

"We're selling a bull and a big cow that's not very cooperative. She's a mean spirited thing and we're getting rid of her," Teresa said.

But no matter the temperament of their cows, this is a decision that Bruce and Teresa didn't want to make.

"It's a last resort. We figured there'd come a rain, but out in our part of the country we've just gotten little showers," Bruce said.

Their story is a common one this summer and over 300 farmers lined up, trying to sell their cattle.

"They're just short on feed and pasture and a lot of them are short on water. They didn't have a choice," said Willard Cole, of the Barren River Livestock Center.

Inside, the cattle wait in holding cells before being placed on the scales.

It's an important step in the process as the farmers will be paid pound for pound.

And while Bruce waits and hopes for the best...

"I won't know until I get my check," Bruce said.

...hundreds more remain outside, concerned about getting a good price.

"We just hope that they're still selling pretty good. They say they are, so we'll see," farmer Wyndell Woosley added.

The Barren River Livestock Center estimates nearly 2,000 cattle were brought in to be sold Aug. 14.

Farmers who didn't sell their cattle will have more opportunities to do so in the future.

The livestock center sells cattle every Tuesday morning.

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