Rainfall, grass growth benefit cattle ranchers

With pasture grasses replenished by abundant winter and spring rains, California cattle ranchers say they’ll be able to sell heavier animals, helping offset a weaker cattle market. ADOBE STOCK PHOTO

Despite a weaker cattle market and trade uncertainties affecting U.S. beef exports, California ranchers say marketing heavier cattle this year has improved their returns, thanks to abundant rainfall, which produced plentiful grasses on the range for grazing livestock.

Tehama County rancher Bert Owens described the weight gain on his cattle as “excellent,” adding that “tremendous” forage production on his winter range will allow him to keep his cattle there for 10 days longer before moving them to their summer pastures.

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