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(Jefferson City) – The ongoing severe drought situation continues to be devastating to Missouri’s dairy herd.

“I think we could lose up to a third of our dairy cow numbers,” says MDA President Larry Purdom and a Purdy dairy farmer from.

“We appreciate all of the efforts by state and federal leaders to date” say Purdom, “but it would give us some hope if the U.S. House of Representatives would immediately pass the new Farm Bill.” The Farm Bill contains feed assistance programs that could help Missouri farmers during the soon coming fall and winter, but dairy farmers who are facing the drought need assistance now.

Farmers across the state of Missouri have resorted to searching high and low for hay and feed that just isn’t available. Most farmers in the state are just giving up by selling out all their herds in livestock auctions. However these milking cows will not be going back into the milking herd, for they are being sold for there beef. This will mean less home grown milk for Missouri, which is reportedly already a milk deficit state.

For more information on the Farm Bill or to provide assistance contact Larry Purdom at 417-442-3846 or Dave Drennan 636-519-9300.

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