Rancher Dick Hansen drives through the property where he pastures his herd. This year's drought meant that his hay crop was only half of what it normally is.
Credit Ariana Brocious / KVNF
Business is booming at cattle sales yards throughout Colorado. That’s not so good though for western slope ranchers. Last year's dry winter combined with an ongoing drought are forcing many ranchers to sell more than they like.
One of ranching’s most basic materials is in high demand right now. With the price of hay doubling for some smaller operations along the Front Range, some are worried about finding enough of the livestock feed to make it through the winter.