The Far Reach Of The West's DroughtThe profound drought in the western U.S. has farms, cities and wildlife struggling. From dairy and cattle farmers to migrating birds, NPR explores how the state is coping in crisis.
The Far Reach Of The West's Drought
No snowpack, no hay: In the northern Nevada, cattle feed is getting hard to come by, as sources of water diminish in supply.
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There are about 2,000 dairy cows on Pete Olsen's fifth-generation farm in northern Nevada. A new milk processing plant is now putting pressure on Olsen and other dairy farmers to expand the size of their herds. But with the ongoing drought, farmers are struggling to get enough feed for the cows they already have.