MANDAN, N.D. — Ranchers are bringing more cattle to auction with 25 percent of North Dakota in a moderate drought.

Kist Livestock Auction field man Matt Lachenmeier says the Mandan business has handled about 1,000 to 1,300 more animals than is typical for this time of the year.

The Bismarck Tribune ( ) says a tough winter has depleted the hay supply with a poor outlook for a good crop this summer. Lachenmeier says the cattle brought to auction are from a widespread area. He says other sales barns across the state are also seeing increased sales.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says North Dakota has had below average precipitation during the past three months. Portions of central and south-central Dakota have gotten 25 percent to 50 percent of normal precipitation during the period.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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