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Heading into summer, already parched

Forecast doesn’t bode well for livestock, hay fields
Jonathan Patcheck herds cattle toward the sale barn at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen. Many ranchers are selling their cattle as hay prices remain high and irrigation forecasts indicate a poor year for hay production.
Chris Cugnini, left, Ray Hatch and Kari McWhirter auction cattle and keep track of the sales at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Ringmen Ty Hawkins, background, and Steven Shipley usher cattle through the sale ring at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Jonathan Patcheck, left, and Aron Molina take a breather while waiting for a gate to allow another cow into the sale ring recently at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Sharon Reynolds, with Hi-Country Cattle Auction, takes the “mail” from one of the attendants at the sale barn identifying the owner of the cattle being sold. She then returns the bucket, which operates using a pulley system.
Visitors to the Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen bid on cattle. Drought has many ranchers thinning herds.
Ray Hatch, left, and Kari McWhirter auction cattle and track sales at a recent sale at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Brad Herrera, right, bids on cattle at a recent auction at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen. At left is Kory Brumwell.

Heading into summer, already parched

Jonathan Patcheck herds cattle toward the sale barn at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen. Many ranchers are selling their cattle as hay prices remain high and irrigation forecasts indicate a poor year for hay production.
Chris Cugnini, left, Ray Hatch and Kari McWhirter auction cattle and keep track of the sales at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Ringmen Ty Hawkins, background, and Steven Shipley usher cattle through the sale ring at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Jonathan Patcheck, left, and Aron Molina take a breather while waiting for a gate to allow another cow into the sale ring recently at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Sharon Reynolds, with Hi-Country Cattle Auction, takes the “mail” from one of the attendants at the sale barn identifying the owner of the cattle being sold. She then returns the bucket, which operates using a pulley system.
Visitors to the Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen bid on cattle. Drought has many ranchers thinning herds.
Ray Hatch, left, and Kari McWhirter auction cattle and track sales at a recent sale at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen.
Brad Herrera, right, bids on cattle at a recent auction at Hi-Country Cattle Auction in Breen. At left is Kory Brumwell.
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