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New formula helps ranchers decide if corn is right for their cows

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The extreme drought is having a big effect on cattle here in the Panhandle.

With less available hay, ranchers have to think of different ways to feed their cattle.

A new tool put out by the University of Nebraska will help them do just that.

The online calculator will help ranchers come up with a fair rate to pay for cornstalk grazing by taking into account things like number of cows and distance they'd have to travel.

It also helps ranchers decided whether the benefits outweigh the cost.

Agriculture Specialist Matt Stockton says this option may be best if ranchers can find fields close to where their cattle are.

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