Drought takes toll on livestock industry
The lingering summer heat that continues to torture the parched Bell County soil has forced some local cattle ranchers to start thinning their herds. Costs have started to mount for producers as stock tanks are drying up and sufficient hay is hard to come by. “Hay is in short supply. No one made any hay this year. We’re using up all the corn shucks and whatever we can find to try to keep our cattle for a while,” local producer Robert Fleming of Fleming Grain & Cattle said.