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California Ranchers Worried About Drought

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kevin Kester is Past President of the California Cattlemen's Association.

He says about two-thirds of the state is dealing with less than half of the average rainfall.

He says it's having a big impact on ranchers.

"What it means for cattlemen in particular is having to sell off some of their cow herd, selling calves off early, reducing inventory of cattle numbers which is a reduction in income in the future. So it can severely impact family ranching operations."

Kester says the drought is hitting ranchers in the southern part of the state particularly hard.

He says bringing in feed isn't a real option for cattlemen because of the high cost of hay.

Cattle and calves are the state's fifth leading commodity.

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