Drought in the western United States has forced millions of cattle to graze out in open fields or in their pastures and forced the closure of dozens of facilities, including one that was once the nation’s largest.
In recent days, the Department of Agriculture has said that its herd recovery efforts have already been scaled back to an average of 100,000 animals per day and will remain that way for at least another week.
On Saturday, the agency also said that it will start monitoring the condition of a handful of facilities.
A USDA spokeswoman told CNN that it is not clear whether the drought will continue.
However, she noted that the agency is “making significant progress” in reducing the number of livestock being raised for food.