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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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Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has established an agricultural disaster fund to help people whose farms were damaged by a fire that swept through Yuma County earlier this week. Farmers and ranchers lost miles of fencing, hay and grass. The fire endangered humans, livestock, structures and homes, but is now 100 percent contained. It burned a… Continue Reading Farm Bureau asks for donations for Yuma Co. farmers

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With bison meat prices at an all-time high, Wyoming and Colorado ranchers are finding themselves in a great position to take advantage. In 2010, bison was going for about $2.38 a pound. This year, the going rate is closer to $3.90, and prices for live animals are strong as well. Store prices are also high,… Continue Reading High prices thrill Wyo. and Colo. bison ranchers

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As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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The drought in the Southwest may help 29-year-old Chad Bicker get to his goal of being a full-time farmer and rancher by the time he’s 40. As farmers in Texas and other bone-dry areas sell cattle because they can’t grow hay or afford to buy feed, Bicker has been buying animals for his farm in… Continue Reading As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked for federal disaster declarations for a total of nine Colorado counties. This week, Hickenlooper asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for aid in drought-stricken counties in Colorado – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache counties. “Drought impacts are resulting in the loss of native grass, mixed forage, cool season grasses… Continue Reading Hickenlooper asks for federal disaster declarations

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