You have probably seen on the news how California is getting copious amounts of rain recently! I hate to complain because we need natural rainfall for everyone - the general public, agriculture, crops, nature and wildlife. I just wish it wouldn't come down all at once. It is presenting quite the challenge for farmers and anyone with livestock and animals....and the farm vet. Some areas of the state have had six inches of rain in a couple days. I know that does not seem like much compared to some places in the world but when we are used to seeing a half an inch here and there, this can be a big problem!
Some counties have declared a state of emergency, residents have been moving out of homes because of flooding and newly planted crops are being washed away. The farm vet has been coming home soggy every day from being out with the cows. The farmers have been working night and day to pump water out of animal housing areas and keep things in order. Seeing how much this affects the farmers and animals, it is no wonder California is such a popular place for agriculture. A storm like this being out of the ordinary makes for a desirable climate for farmers and animals. Below are a few photos of some of the challenges the large amount of rain brings.
We hope you can stay dry and we wish everyone a prosperous 2011!