Cattle Sales In Oklahoma Spike In Wake Of Heat

Monday, July 11th 2011, 10:09 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The heat is pushing Green Country ranchers to their breaking points.

Pastures have burned up in the heat, leaving cattle nothing to graze on.  That means ranchers need to pay to haul in hay to feed their herds. Those who can't afford it, end up getting out of the business.

That's why the Tulsa Stockyards has seen a spike in the number of ranchers bringing in the cattle they can no longer afford to keep alive, with 3,000 head coming through the auction just on Monday.

But owner Joe Don Eaves says there is a silver lining.

"Usually, when you have a lot of cattle show up at the sales, it makes the cattle cheaper, but they're staying good today. Been good all day long," Joe Don Eaves said.