Recent rains bring down feed costs of cattle ranchers

FRESNO, Calif.

The rain has created a rolling green carpet in the Fresno county foothills.

Roger Tweedy's 120 head of cattle roam a thousand acres of scenic pastureland, where they've been feeding on assorted grasses now shooting up from the ground.

Tweedy explained, "We just went through a spell of not having much rain just now. The grass was changing color and getting yellow and I was getting kind of nervous about not having any grass."

But the skies opened up, assuring the cows would have plenty of free food. "A lot of that is like water grass and miner's lettuce. They'll eat all of that. There's some clover started here. This is fillerree right here."

The steady growth means Tweedy hasn't had to shell out about $140 each day for a ton of hay to feed his cattle and horses. "If the rains come every couple of weeks, it continues to keep growing real steady and I can go all winter long."

Tweedy raises and sells Black and Red Angus calves.

Just a few years ago during the drought a lot of cattle and sheep ranchers sold off their herds because they couldn't afford to feed them. Tweedy said, "Everybody has to gamble. There's nothing set."

And every storm which has passed has paid off with reduced feed costs.

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