Texas ranchers looking to rebuild cattle herds decimated by drought facing tough choices

  • Article by: BETSY BLANEY , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 10:10 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas — After a dispiriting stretch of years, many Texas ranchers are optimistic as drought, expensive feed and other conditions that decimated their cattle herds start to loosen their grip. But rebuilding their herds will be neither cheap nor a short-term process, even in the nation's top cattle-producing state.

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texas_technomanJan. 5, 14 5:51 AM

A little more detail on the Texas drought of 2011...from someone who was living in the middle of it, and got out. It actually started in mid 2010, by winter lake levels were down 10-15 feet in some areas. Not much rain in the spring of 2011...then summer hit. 71 days straight of temperatures over 100, no rain. And it doesn't cool off at night, it might be 95 degrees at midnight. Millions of trees died, lakes reached their lowest level that folks could remember, ranchers were having to truck in hay to feed their cattle. I decided it was time to move back to Mn. A couple of days in a row of below zero could not be that bad.

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