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Cattle ranchers feeling the affect of the drought

Published On: Jan 13 2014 08:10:55 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

It's still dry out there, and this historic drought is starting to take its toll on ranchers and farmers in the Northstate.

Ranchers should be getting a break from feeding cattle this time of the year with all of the grass growing in the foothills. Since there's no rain there's no grass, and it's forcing ranchers to start buying feed for their cattle.
      
Some are even being forced to ship water to their livestock.

"There should be feed here," said rancher Kurt Albrecht of Chaffin Family Orchards in Oroville.  "Sometime next week, we'll gather these animals and move them into another pasture where there's grass."
     
Albrecht said they get a financial break in the winter from feeding their cattle, but it's his wallet that is taking the hit since there is barely any grass growing on his ranch for his livestock to eat.
     
"This is the time of the year where the grass is supposed to be growing strong and we would normally have free feed," said Albrecht.
    
Albrecht said they are spending $120 a day in feed for their cattle.
     
"It's making life a little difficult at the moment," said Albrecht.

Ranchers said this will not impact the price of beef or milk at this time.  They still have to compete with the other ranchers across the country who are not experiencing this drought.