In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market’s cattle auction on California’s Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.
Areas of Southern California are getting hit with some sprinkles today, but not enough to ease near-record drought conditions.
Overnight, culprits stole 16 one-month-old heifers. That’s after already swiping 10 the first time.
The price for beef hit a record high in December, and ranchers blame the dry winter for driving costs up.
A cattle dog is still in intensive care after a hit and run driver allegedly sped through a cattle run, targeting animals and people alike.