The drought is causing Kern County ranchers to spend more to feed their livestock

Price of hay is going up

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The drought has left some Kern County ranchers with no option but to begin selling parts of their livestock.

Sheepherders are one of the ranchers that have been hit the hardest.

They say many of the natural green pastures that they once had have turned into a dirt lot because there is no water.

Sheepherders have turned to hay to feed their livestock but the price of hay is going up as well.

Local hay growers said they have had to deal with a high demand of hay in the last several months.

The price of hay has gone from around to $210 to over $240 in the last few weeks.

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