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Drought-stricken ranchers given extension to replace animals

Farmers and ranchers in El Paso County who lost livestock due to drought have an additional year to replace their stock, according to the Internal Revenue Service, which released the news Monday. Farmers and ranchers who were required to replace their animals by Dec. 31 now have one more year to do so. The additional… Continue Reading Drought-stricken ranchers given extension to replace animals

  Ranchers in western Colorado are selling off cattle to avoid losing them to a severe drought.   Livestock auctioneer Bill Martin of Loma says his auction barn usually sees between 200 and 400 cows a week, but this year the numbers have sometimes nearly quadrupled.   Martin says the spike in animal sales is… Continue Reading Ranchers selling off cattle to avoid drought loss

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Fewer students are entering school to become large-animal veterinarians, resulting in a growing shortage among those on the front lines in protecting the nation’s food supply. Part of the problem is that treating large animals — beef or dairy cattle, horses, lamas, bison — is hard work with odd hours and, unless it is a… Continue Reading Large-animal veterinarians becoming scarce

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