Drought: Scary Photos Show Miles of Ranchers Selling Off Cattle

As the prospect of famine becomes more real, a troubling video showing ranchers lined up to sell their cattle for as far as the eye can see is spreading concern about already troubling reports about food security worldwide.

Drought in Texas is taking a toll on ranchers as the worst of the situation may still be to come.

According to a Drought Monitor, 97% of the state of Texas is impacted by drought conditions. Normally, farmers could bring in hay from other states or areas. However, with inflation and skyrocketing fuel costs, this has become too expensive for most cattlemen.

Unfortunately, herd reduction appears to be the only choice. As reported by Local Profile, “Last week, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey reported that 80 percent of Texas’ pastures were in either poor to very poor conditions.”

“Millions of cattle went to slaughter strictly because of the drought because they had nowhere else to go,” Jon Taggart, one of the affected ranchers said.

Trucks carrying livestock were backed up for miles to enter the Decatur Livestock Market. A total of about 2,600 animals were brought. The last time something like this was witnessed was during the 2011 drought.

According to Victor Murphy, a climate service program manager, it is said that 2022 will be worse off compared to the drought of 2011.

“It’s a valid fear right now,” he said. “I’ve been holding off saying that for a while, because parts of the state had good rainfall in May. But seeing June be as dry as it’s been, we’re actually running ahead of 2011 right now.”

“If you go long enough without any rainfall, the ground becomes bone dry,” Murphy said. “So whatever heat comes down, it just radiates back up. I think the state of Texas as a whole right now is very susceptible to that, and that’s what happened in 2011 too.”

Ranchers are faced with the tough choice of either getting rid of livestock numbers now or risk not being able to feed all the animals they have.

“I don’t think it can break quick enough to save me, to tell the truth,” Lee McLachlin of Springtown said.

Ranchers are faced with the tough choice of either getting rid of livestock numbers now or risk not being able to feed all the animals they have.

This will dramatically impact what will be available to people at grocery stores. Besides meat, there is a nationwide fertilizer shortage affecting produce as well.

Both farmers and ranchers in multiple states are struggling to stay afloat as inflation and fuel prices continue to wreak havoc under the Biden administration’s watch. Couple that with drought conditions, and food security is no longer a guarantee to the American people.