Mar 13, 2013 8:12 PM by David Ortiviz
Colorado's cattle population is thinning out as ranchers struggle with exceptional drought conditions in much of the eastern slope. According to the Colorado Beef Council, our state has more than 2.5 million head of cattle. However, this week at the livestock sale in La Junta some ranchers told us they've reduced breeding operations and have sold more cows for slaughter.
"When it does rain it's going to hit us hard, because there's not going to be any cows around and everybody's going to be wanting the same cow," said David Riemenschnider, a rancher from Ordway.
Riemenschnider also points out the cost for feed has doubled over the past year. So cattle owners are being forced to pay more to maintain their stock or reduce those herds.