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On the Farm: Rain Causes Ranching Troubles

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June and much of July have been pretty soggy, and it's not just farmers who are affected.

Blaine Huff of Donnybrook has been working with cattle all his life. He says he can't remember a stretch of years as wet as the last few. He also says things were looking good when the snow melt came early, but the constant spring and summer rains have set things back.

Wet pastures have made it difficult to get to his cattle. And he was a month behind on vaccinations and fly tagging. Fortunately, Huff says his animals are standing up to Mother Nature.

"Markets are phenomenal right now.  Limits are up, seems like a couple times a week.  We don't need any big hail storms or lighting storms to take any of them away or more flooding to wash them away. They're worth too much to loose right now," says Huff.

Another big issue for ranchers is that their hay fields are soggy. That could reduce the quality of the hay they feed their cattle during the winter.


 
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