Summer is certainly here in northern Arkansas where CALF News is taking a little time off. It’s dry here as it is in many other places across the country, but the grass is strong and there are more cattle in the pastures here than we’ve ever seen. This northwest corner of the state has an interesting cattle grazing history. The chicken industry has played a big role in driving those numbers up. Very carefully monitored, the chicken farms in the area contract with local land owners, who clear the land for poultry manure distribution, which in turn produces grass for cattle to eat. Sometimes protein produces protein.