The other day T and I were picking up wood in The Enchanted Forest and our usually shy Lazy Boyz came to watch us work.
Actually, they were looking for a handout. We've only fed them hay when the temps have been low or there was too much snow, but they remembered.
The only green and growing grass on the ranch is along the creek, but because we haven't had enough rain (yet), the rest of the place just has last year's leftovers. It's food and they aren't getting skinny, but it's dry and crunchy, not green and juicy.
And dry grass is boring! "Hey, bro!" say the Lazy Boyz. "Give us some hay!"
Seriously, ranchers with big herds of cattle are selling them early because there's not enough grass. We are lucky to have grass left over from last year and to only have a "herd" of two cattle. To feed hay to a large herd would cost way too much.
That's why the price of your steaks is going up and will continue to go up during this drought. It costs more to feed cattle when there isn't enough grass or hay. Supply and demand and all that.
The typical conversation around here always starts with, "We need rain." And yes, we do, not only to feed the livestock and keep the rivers and creeks flowing, but also to help the firefighters who are working their hearts out to protect people, animals and property in the path of wild fires.
Pray, do a rain dance, or just send up your watery thoughts. The southwest needs rain!