Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Drought taking its toll on winter pasture

In the photo, taken yesterday, Bryce Borror of Tehama Angus Ranch in Gerber stands in front of a dry creek bed on leased land just outside of Red Bluff. The ranch usually winters cattle on the property but isn't doing so this year because of a lack of water and usable grass.

With conditions as bad as this, any hint of rain is a welcome sight. But Borror wasn't getting his hopes up about this week's mini-weather system.

"We need inches of rain," he said.

The photo was for a story I'm doing on how the drought is affecting ranches. In the meantime, I'm looking in on today's big state Board of Food and Agriculture meeting on how agencies plan to respond to the drought. You'll find both of these stories at CapitalPress.com soon.

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