The Orion

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Kurt Albrecht, co-owner of Chaffin Family Orchards, inspects a dietary mineral supplement used by his herd. This group of about 40 Angus cattle will have to be moved to another side of the property soon to prevent overgrazing.Photo credit: Nicholas Carr

Yessenia Funes

February 18, 2014

Because of persistent drought conditions, local ranchers have been selling parts of their animal herds to reduce the number of mouths to feed. The animals need grass to eat, but the drought has kept grass from growing, said Christine Hantelman, co-owner of Wookey Ranch. The ranchers protect their land by sell...

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

David Daley, associate dean of College of Agriculture, University Farm administrator, discusses the impact of the water shortage.Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

February 10, 2014

The California Department of Water Resources’ State Water Project has completely halted water delivery due to the drought. Water will not be delivered to its 29 public water distributors because of the current drought, said Ted Thomas, an information officer at the Department of Water Resources. An exception to this change is...

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