North Dakota Livestock Drought Resources (DE2019, April 2021)

This publication provides a collection of livestock drought resources for producers in North Dakota.

Miranda A. Meehan, Extension Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist

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NDSU Extension 
Information on a variety of drought-related topics, including livestock and crop production; lawns, gardens and trees; farm/family stress; and archives of drought webinars
To find a specific publication, use the search window on the top
of the page and type in a topic or publication number.

Contact your county Extension agent for more information regarding assistance, such as water screening, Nitrate QuikTest, forage sampling, ration development and stocking rate adjustments.

County Extension agent directory:

North Dakota Department of Agriculture
701-328-2231 or 800-242-7535
Interactive drought hotline map, meeting summaries, news releases, links to additional information and more

Drought hay hotline and interactive drought hotline map: 701-425-8454,
A resource to find hay buyers and sellers, locations with pasture available and drylot locations for livestock

North Dakota Mediation Service: 844-642-4752,
Provides mediation to farmers and ranchers on a wide range of issues, including disputes with federal and state agencies, wetland determinations, farm programs, crop insurance and agricultural credit

North Dakota State Board of Animal Health: 701-328-2655,
Contact for concerns relating to livestock health and to report illness or death of livestock

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, 701-223-2522, Brand inspection for transporting livestock. Brand inspectors directory:

Feeding Resources

These sites are open for people to list hay and feed needs, hay and feed for sale or donation, and haulers available.

NDSU FeedList:

North Dakota Department of Ag Drought Hotline, 701-425-84544, Interactive Map:

NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 701-231-7527 or 701-231-8307
Provides reliable testing and diagnostic support services to veterinarians, animal owners, producers and the public
health sector. This includes toxicology of livestock water and feed samples and necropsy of deceased animals.

ND Response
Official portal of North Dakota state government that pulls together drought information and news releases from
multiple state agencies

Other Drought Resources

U.S. Drought Monitor
A weekly map of drought conditions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

USDA Farm Service Agency
Administers programs to assist farmers and ranchers, including disaster relief programs. Contact a local FSA office ( to determine eligibility for disaster relief programs.

North Dakota State Water Commission
Administers the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program for cattle producers impacted by drought; 701-328-2750,

North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality
Responsible for managing surface water quality in the state’s streams, lakes and reservoirs, which includes reporting and monitoring of harmful algal blooms (cyanobacteria/blue-green algae) that impact human use; 701-328-2372

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers make and maintain conservation improvements on their land, including water developments and fencing. Contact your local NRCS office for more information on cost-share available for improvements. Can grant access to lands enrolled in Wetland Restoration Easements and the Waterbank program for grazing and/or haying; 701-530-2000,

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
For questions related to haying and grazing land enrolled in the PLOTS program; 701-328-6300,

Development supported by North Dakota Corn Council

 ND Corn Council

Compiled by NDSU Extension, North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Stockmen's Association

NDSU Extension ND Department of Agriculture North Dakota Stockman's Association

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