Tim Gillenwater took a rest Thursday afternoon prior to the start of the beef cattle show at the Barren County Fair, while his son, Houston, 17, watered their cattle they intended to show.
The Gillenwaters, of Tompkinsville, feed their show cattle hay, sometimes mixing it with corn.
“We want them eating all the time to make them fill out,” Tim Gillenwater said.
The availability of hay is a concern for Gillenwater and other beef cattle farmers. Recent dry weather conditions have affected hay crops this summer and could result in a shortage later in the year.
While Gillenwater has yet to begin feeding his hay to his beef cattle herd, he is certain he will have to later in the year. He recently turned his beef cattle into a pasture he normally reserves for hunting so they will have an extra area for grazing.
Bobby Russell, of the Kino community in Barren County, has done something similar.
Russell has leased about 127 acres of land and is using it for pasture for his cattle.
“That’s the only thing that’s going to save me,” he said.
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