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California drought causes ranchers to sell off cattle: Bad and getting worse

The California drought has caused ranchers to start to sell off their cattle. California is in a state of emergency due to the drought and it doesn’t look as if this is about to change. One town on California’s northern coast has less than 100 days of drinking water left in storage, according to ABC News on Jan. 26.

California drought causes ranchers to sell off cattle.
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This is the third dry year for California and because of the drought, the once green grass for the cattle to graze is now brown. The water for the cattle to drink is also drying up.

One 70-year-old farmer, Romaldo Martin, said "I've never seen anything like this in my life ... It's a disaster." Martin is one of the many cattle farmers who started selling cattle off because they can’t feed them or keep them in water.

Other farmers who typically sell cattle weekly as part of their daily business have pushed the number of cattle up that they put on the market. Monty Avery said where he usually sells 100-150 heads of cattle per week, he is now selling 800-1000 weekly.

The declaration of a drought disaster will help farmers because now low-interest government loans are available for these farming families to help them cope. These loans are not made available to the cattle farmers.

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