Tough times, tough choices

It’s been a tough spring for many area ranchers. April was horrible for calving. Now, hay is running short; what remains is expensive. And because it’s been so cold, pastures are greening up later than usual.

I have a story in the May 20 issue of Agweek that looks at the challenges facing ranchers. Another story looks at what producers can do to meet those challenges; unfortunately, their options are limited and unattractive.

I grew up on a cow/calf operation. I know firsthand that raising livestock can be rewarding and satisfying. I also know that sometimes it’s frustrating and even painful. For some area ranchers, this spring is one such time.

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