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Rain brings greener pastures but cattle ranchers need more rain

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 05 2014 08:38:24 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 05 2014 02:00:00 AM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

Greener pastures have been popping up all over the Northstate with the recent rain.

It’s helping out cattle ranchers who depend on Mother Nature to feed their livestock, but is it enough?

Every little bit does help these ranchers out especially during this state's worst drought on record

Oroville cattle ranchers like Robert Vaughn and his cousin Danet depend on the grass to feed their cattle, but because of this year's historic drought ranchers have had to dig deep into their pockets and feed their livestock.

“If we have to keep depending on hay then I'm going to be out of hay,” Vaughn said. “I don't know what to do.”

Vaughn said he stocks up on hay at the end of every summer to get a good deal on it. He spent nearly $10,000 last year on hay.

Vaughn feeds it to his cows until the grass on his property is filled with enough nutrients. So far that hasn't happened yet.

“I would lose out on the whole herd because I'll end up getting rid of them if I can't get hay for the summer,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn stated it's been very tough for him to feed his 60 cows this winter. He said he had to auction off 20 of his cows just to make ends meet.

“When I’m feeding 10 bales a day, it won't be worth me having cattle,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn’s stock of hay is also limited. He said the demand for hay is so high right now it's making it difficult for him to find any.

“I just hope it keeps raining and raining,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn added that if it comes down to him selling his entire livestock, he would lose about $40,000.