BC ranchers prepare for possibly a grim winter

Members of the BC Cattlemen’s Association are preparing for what could be a harsh winter.

Because of the extended drought conditions this year, some ranchers have dipped into their winter food stores two months early.

Others have started selling off cattle, so they’ll have smaller heards to feed.

General Manager Kevin Boone says ranchers here in the Peace, as well as those in the Cariboo and Chilcotin, have been the hardest hit.

In this area we are now more than half way into what is shaping up to be, the 5th consecutive month with less than average precipitation.

There was a trace recorded yesterday, but we’ve still only had about one millimeter in the first 17 days of a month, in which the norm is 25.8

Environment Canada puts the average amount for the five month period from June through October in this area at 282 millimeters.

So far this year, with only two weeks to go in that period, we’ve received just slightly more than half that amount…143.

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