Central Coast cattle ranchers are expected to apply for federal disaster relief to help them survive the economic impact of the drought.
It may not be enough to keep some ranchers from getting out of what has become a very expensive business.
Time is running out for Central Coast cattle ranchers caught between a rock and a hard, dry place due to the drought.
"I can't afford to keep feeding these cattle", says cattle rancher Janet Burback, "I will have to get out of the business otherwise, I can't continue to do it, can't afford to."
It's a similar story for cattle ranchers across the state as the effects of the drought settle in.
Cattle ranchers are having to spend thousands of dollars more every month to feed their herds that are running out of areas to graze.
On his recent visit to the Central Valley, President Obama pledged $100 million in emergency disaster relief for distressed cattle ranchers.