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A Good Rain Year Means Ample Grass For California Cattle


Cattle ranchers in Northern California and the Central Valley are knee deep in grass. The frequent rain has given them what should be a profitable year.

The drought years cost cattle ranchers.

They were forced to move their cattle to the mountains or out of state to find grazing land or buy expensive feed.

But this year’s rains have produced green pastures and the continued rainfall has given cattle ranchers like Duane Martin in Amador County one of the best years ever for grass.

"Oh, everything is excellent, excellent," Martin says. "As good as I’ve ever seen. It’s still all green, normally it’s starting to be half dried up by now."

Martin says there’s so much grass that he’ll benefit when he takes his cattle to market: "Making my calves heavier because it’s so good," he says.

He adds that this year’s rainfall will allow him and other ranchers to irrigate their land in the summer to keep the grass growing.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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