Mother Nature has left Kentucky's cattle stressed and hay supplies depleted.
An extremely wet and warm February has saturated the ground and led to localized flooding, with more than 4.5 inches of rain having fallen in western Kentucky as of Sunday, according to the latest Crop Progress and Condition report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisville.
"Livestock have been stressed by drastic changes in weather patterns," the report read. "Excessive precipitation has led to damaged pasture ground in many areas."
Despite the adverse weather, livestock have remained in mostly good condition. Only 11% of the state's cattle were rated poor to very poor.
Hay supplies, meantime, have been hit hard this year due to a drought at the end of the summer along with a very wet fall and winter. At times, mild temperatures have helped the situation, but in many instances farmers have had to feed a good deal of hay. Supply levels were rated 49% short to very short.