Dry weather brings many concerns to North State ranchers

Jan 5, 2014 12:33 PM

2013 was the driest calendar year in California's recorded history, and Butte County cattle ranchers like Rocky Donati are already feeling the effects of water shortage. 94 percent of California is experiencing a moderate drought according to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor and that has cattle ranchers in the north state very concerned. With range severely depleted due to the lack of rain, Donati has resorted to purchasing feed to keep his livestock fed. Cattle ranchers might soon be forced to make some difficult decisions with the high cost of keeping a herd fed during these dry conditions. Many ranchers are having to bring in water for their livestock. While a formal drought has yet to be declared for California, some ranchers are scrambling to maintain their crops.


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