Green Acres

Drought Persistence and Cattle Decisions from the MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

Unfortunately, the drought continues to persist throughout Montana and relief is not forecasted. The current drought map has 92% of Montana in a drought, with almost half of the state designated as D3 and D4. The seasonal drought outlook map shows through May 31, 2022, the drought will persist for most of Montana and the Western United States. The persistent drought means tough decisions ahead for livestock producers.

Since the summer of 2021, many livestock producers have drastically reduced the number of c...