The current drought is having a devastating impact on cattle ranchers, the land and more in California.
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“They have 100 spring-fed ponds and all are dry. No water for cows to drink and lower hay yields mean Stone has to bring in water and feed at a cost that carries to consumers. The California Cattlemen’s Association says it just doesn’t make dollars and sense for everyone. And some ranchers are going out of business.”
“In the Esparto area of Yolo County, cattle rancher Scott Stone is making the same grim calculations.
‘I don’t have any feed,’ said Stone, a partner in Yolo Land & Cattle Co. ‘I’m anticipating a 30 to 40% reduction in my cow herd.’
‘I’ll be loading them on the truck and they won’t be coming home.’”