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Rain Brings Hope for Ranchers

<br>Recent rains have ranchers rowdy, in hopes of business getting back to normal.


Ranchers say they're still having to sell and thin their herds because is been so costly to feed them in the drought.

And though ranchers still need much more rain, the light bit they have gotten has certainly helped.

Cattle are up for sale, in fact they are every Wednesday at the Wichita Livestock Auction.

But recently for many ranchers selling has been much more common than purchasing.

"Sold more cows yes, to cut back, because we just don't have the grass," said Edward Crosby, from Rollin C Ranch.
 
Crosby is a rancher just west of Crowell and says his herd is 2/3rds it's normal size and that's because he's short of a key ingredient needed in his business. 

"The more rain, the more grass, the more grass the more cows. If it don't rain you have to sell and cut back," he said. 

Recent rain has provided some relief for these ranchers.

They may be able to save some money on feed as their cattle find more grass growing in the pasture and may be able to keep a few more head instead of bringing them here to sell them.
 
"We have to feed everyday which gets into the cost of the cattle, but with the rain though luckily we haven't had to feed as much," said Bart Meek, a rancher in Decatur.

And if their prayers are answered get even more green stuff in their fields, and pockets, in weeks to come.

Most of those ranchers said this morning's rain didn't help them a whole lot, but it does keep temperatures cooler, keeping that grass a little greener a while longer.

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