In an effort to put Utah livestock on green pastures this summer, Utah State University Extension is setting up a pasture clearinghouse.
Ranchers whose normal grazing areas have been dried up by drought can use the clearinghouse to find pasture for their animals."The pasture situation in southern Utah looks fairly bleak," said DeeVon Bailey, extension economist who is setting up the clearinghouse. For example, he said, southeastern Utah has had only 35 percent of normal precipitation.
Ranchers seeking pasture should call Bailey at 750-2316. He needs their name, phone number, address, number and type of animals and when the pasture is needed.
Those who have pasture should call Bailey with name, phone number, address, type and location of pasture, when it will be available and the number of AUMs (animal unit months) it will support. At least 50 AUMS are needed, he said.