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California Drought News: Toothless restrictions and reverse cow commutes



Joe Morris, owner of Morris Grassfed in San Juan Bautista, herds cattle up a hill in Hollister. He transported the cows from a ranch where there wasn't enough water to sustain them.
Joe Morris, owner of Morris Grassfed in San Juan Bautista, herds cattle up a hill in Hollister. He transported the cows from a ranch where there wasn't enough water to sustain them.
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No suggestions for a new drought synonym, so I have to make up another one myself. (What's another word for reaching?) This week's: drydel. Like in the song:

Drydel, drydel, drydel
You turn lakes into clay
Drydel, drydel, drydel
No rain again today

Money:

Moo-ving:

The exact headcount for livestock on this cattle drive is not known. But a Reuters review of state agriculture department records filed when livestock cross state borders indicates that up to 100,000 California cattle have left the state in the past four months alone.

California has shipped out cattle before, but the current migration is far bigger and includes more of the state's breeding stock, which give birth to new calves and keep operations running year after year, said Jack Cowley, a rancher and past president of the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association. (Reuters)

Uncertain citrus:

Seriously, I'd love some suggestions for drought-o-nyms. I won't be able to keep coming up with gems like drydel.

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