Cattle Farmers are preparing once again for hurricane conditions here in Acadiana. With landfall expected on Friday, cattle were being sold and moved around in preparation for the storm’s arrival.
“Most of the time we try to go to the highest part of our pasture or any pasture we have that is the highest. Now some people are fortunate enough to bring them to Lafayette Parish or further north, some of us can’t. So we put some hay, feed, give them some water, and hope for the best" says Kirk Broussard a local farmer.
Along with multiple storms affecting Acadiana, farmers have had to deal with surge, winds, and even mosquitoes affecting their pastures. They say things have been made much worse as coastal protection has been lost over the years.
Monique Dupre a cattle farmer from Vermillion Parish said, “Our coastal parishes, here, you know that’s what we really need, we need the levees we had 20 years ago, we need that back. We need those coastal barriers back to protect us because now we have a storm we are seeing so much water travel further north than we ever have before.”
Looking forward, farmers will be challenged as storm surge has reduced hay necessary to feed cows.
“We are getting into the winter and some of us don’t have enough hay so we may not be able to get all of the hay that we can because of the surge coming in, the saltwater is killing the grass. Normally you would like to have some green grass going into the winter and everything is going to be dead so it is going to be tough.”