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Texas State Officials Will Help Ranchers Rebuild Drought-Damaged Herds

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LUBBOCK (AP) — Texas agriculture officials will travel the state in coming months to help ranchers wanting to rebuild their herds after the heavy selloffs in the driest year on record.

In a release Tuesday, the Texas AgriLife Extension service said the programs will include information on lending policies, balancing forage recovery with inventory recovery and the generational turnover in ranching.

After many cattle producers got out of the business because of the historic drought, young people are being encouraged to get into ranching.

Other sessions will address herd health and inventory flexibility in ranch operations.

The programs begin in April. The first few are in Midland, Yoakum, Alice, Graham, Abilene and Athens.

Last year was the driest on record in Texas.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press)

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