Ranchers face one-two punch from drought, heavy winter

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Ranchers face one-two punch from drought, heavy winter

Drought year, then heavy winter hurt bottom lines
Dan Selzer, caretaker of the Old Fort at Hesperus, drops off salt blocks for a cattle herd Thursday west of Durango. The herd size stayed about the same after last year’s drought, and now, this year’s abundant grass is giving cattle plenty to eat.
Cattle at the Old Fort at Hesperus on Thursday west of Durango.
Staff at the Old Fort in Hesperus sheltered cattle in a trailer inside an equipment shop on a particularly cold and wet night in March. Mortality rates among calves were higher than normal this winter because of the harsh weather.

Ranchers face one-two punch from drought, heavy winter

Dan Selzer, caretaker of the Old Fort at Hesperus, drops off salt blocks for a cattle herd Thursday west of Durango. The herd size stayed about the same after last year’s drought, and now, this year’s abundant grass is giving cattle plenty to eat.
Cattle at the Old Fort at Hesperus on Thursday west of Durango.
Staff at the Old Fort in Hesperus sheltered cattle in a trailer inside an equipment shop on a particularly cold and wet night in March. Mortality rates among calves were higher than normal this winter because of the harsh weather.
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