Crop Row

Emergency planning can save animals

With wildfires burning in California, animal-welfare specialists remind farmers and ranchers to be ready with emergency plans for their livestock. The California Animal Response Emergency System—or CARES—helps plan for fires, floods, earthquakes and other disasters. The program provides resources for individuals, businesses, shelters and emergency officials in planning to care for animals during emergencies.


Drought withers

rangeland grasses

Dry weather has caused California pastures and rangelands to deteriorate. A regular survey now places 95 percent of the state’s pastures and rangeland as in either “poor” or “very poor” condition. The grass conditions have forced ranchers to sell animals early or to provide supplemental water and food. Farmers who feed corn to their livestock say they’re heartened by prospects for a bumper crop, which could ease high feed prices.


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