Rain brings relief to local ranchers

Posted at: 09/20/2013 7:10 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The recent rainfall gives many New Mexico farmers and ranchers hope for the future – that maybe they’ll survive this drought after all.

Nobody’s kidding themselves. They know the drought isn’t over just because it rained a lot in September – but hey – it sure didn’t hurt any.

Brannon Mobley was feeding his beef cattle in the big cow barn at the State Fair in Albuquerque Friday. His family ranches near Las Cruces. Like a lot of ranchers in the last couple of years, they’ve had to sell off their herds. There’s nothing to graze on, and feed is just too expensive.

“It’s just hit us hard, but now that we got a little bit of rain it’s helped us a lot,” Mobley said. “We’re not having to sell out now like we were about to have to earlier on in the summer.”

Bryce Ridley was tending a group of heifers just a few yards away. His family does dairy cattle in Veguita, a tiny village in Socorro County. He said the rain was a blessing.

“It helped the crops,” Ridley said. “That means all the feed prices went down so that definitely helps with the expense of holding this many cows.”

Ridley and Mobley are both young. During three straight years of severe drought a lot of young farmers and ranchers were thinking about getting out, finding a new career – but a little rainfall has a way of changing your perspective.

“We’re gonna keep going even if it breaks us,” Mobley said. “We’re gonna keep producing, one way or the other.”


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