The poultry, dairy and livestock industries are experiencing the ill effects of the intense drought in the Southwest and Southeast. However, it’s not just rain that is in high demand.

Chicken, beef, dairy and feed industry representatives lamented the effects of a smaller supply and climbing cost of animal feed at a House Livestock, Dairy and Poultry subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
Feed is the top expense for the dairy, egg, poultry, sheep, goat and hog industries and the second largest expense for the cattle industry, after the cost of the livestock, according to the 2007 USDA Census of Agriculture