Record rainfall this season has brought abundant grasses for grazing cattle, but some California ranchers say they remain cautious about increasing their herds, awaiting better market prices and another healthy water year.
"Sometimes you don't want to get in too big of a hurry to do these things," said Butte County rancher Myron Openshaw. "One year doesn't make a whole."
Many ranchers were forced to reduce their herds during the drought, as pastures went dry and hay prices soared.
Openshaw said even though the North State received ample rain and snow this year, with good feed to show for it, "we're still not out of the woods yet," noting that some southern portions of the state remain abnormally dry and ranchers there may be reluctant to add cattle.