Drought forces painful choices for New Mexico ranchers

Drought forces painful choices for New Mexico ranchers

Ranchers cut size of herds, alfalfa growers selling out reserves
Sandbars fill the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque. Most of New Mexico is dealing with some level of dryness, and extreme drought is increasing in the northwestern portion of the state.
A cow grazes alone on a stretch of open range north of Albuquerque on Thursday,. Officials with the Farm Service Agency in New Mexico say many ranchers are scrambling to buy up alfalfa reserves to supplement feed for their livestock as drought conditions are expected to intensify across the state.
A fire danger sign indicates conditions are extreme in the wooded areas along the Rio Grande on the northern edge of Albuquerque on Thursday.
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On March 4, snowpack in the San Miquel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River systems was 51 percent of average.
Lizard Head Pass: 57 percentLone Cone: 52 percentMancos: 39 percentSharkstooth: 40 percentSource: Natural Resources Conservation Service

Drought forces painful choices for New Mexico ranchers

Sandbars fill the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque. Most of New Mexico is dealing with some level of dryness, and extreme drought is increasing in the northwestern portion of the state.
A cow grazes alone on a stretch of open range north of Albuquerque on Thursday,. Officials with the Farm Service Agency in New Mexico say many ranchers are scrambling to buy up alfalfa reserves to supplement feed for their livestock as drought conditions are expected to intensify across the state.
A fire danger sign indicates conditions are extreme in the wooded areas along the Rio Grande on the northern edge of Albuquerque on Thursday.

Drought forces painful choices for New Mexico ranchers

A small herd of cattle graze north of Albuquerque on Thursday. Officials with the Farm Service Agency in New Mexico say many ranchers are scrambling to buy up alfalfa reserves to supplement feed for their livestock as drought conditions are expected to intensify across the state.
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