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Hot, Dry Summer May Force Rancher to Sell Cattle Early

Hot, Dry Summer May Force Rancher to Sell Cattle Early



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Utah's hot, dry summer has some cattle ranchers considering selling their livestock early.

A moderate to severe drought across the state has been worsened by record high temperatures that are causing streams to dry up and grass to die.

Cattle are running out of water and grass on the range and that has some ranchers considering taking them down from the mountains in August rather than September.

Joe Fuhriman of the Cache County Cattleman Association says without moisture ranchers may have little choice but to sell early.

The difference in bringing the cattle down three or four weeks early could add up to thousands of dollars in expense for feed. That may mean most ranchers decide to sell at between $200 and $300 less at auction.

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Information from: The Herald Journal.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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