Miles of deep snow stranded as many as 1,300 head of cattle from their ranchers in Humboldt County last week, according to the California Cattlemens Association.
The county sheriffs office worked with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) and the U.S. Coast Guard to provide feed to the stranded cattle last weekend. They loaded up helicopters with 100-pound bales of hay for drops throughout the county. Each bale was enough for five head of cattle to survive until midweek rains wash away some of the snow and plows can clear roads.
During a State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting Tuesday, Undersecretary Christine Birdsong said CDFA is continuing to work with the Office of Emergency Services to track the conditions.