The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that parts of southeast Kansas and northern Oklahoma are now in an exceptional drought. The D4 category of drought is the worst category, and this is an increase from last week's report.
As cattle producers struggle to feed their herds, K-State Research and Extension Wildcat District Livestock Production Agent Wendie Powell says animals are going to be eating unique feedstuffs right now.
Powell says feeding items like these can cause complications and injury in cattle.
Cuts in the mouth can lead to infection, causing eating and drinking to be painful. If you notice an animal going off feed more than two feedings, Powell says you need to take a look at the animal's mouth promptly and seek veterinary help if appropriate.