Brynne Whittaker reported that cattle ranchers in California are paying for more hay bales, due to the drought. The lack of rain has reduced the amount of grass for grazing in many parts of the state, and in those areas, farmers are paying to feed their cattle with hay.
Since there has been a lack of rain, less oaks, barley and wheat are being planted. This hikes up hay prices, Whittaker reported for KSBW.
Aromas, Calif., rancher Jim Warren told Whittaker that in the past he has purchased hay for $60 a ton, and now it is over $300. He also said that fields are even drier in South County, where there is just no forage left. This is forcing ranchers to either buy hay or send their cattle elsewhere.
Read more at KSBW's website.