A major North Texas highway was shut down Thursday morning after a truck carrying 89 head of cattle flipped over. The accident sent dazed and confused animals onto the freeway.
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.
Ranchers who battled drought in the summer and hay thieves in the fall are now fending off criminals targeting any cattle that are left.
Consumers should expect higher beef prices for the next two years due to the smallest cattle herd in 60 years. It is unclear if costs will drop later.
Across Texas, the drought has caused an estimated $5.2 billion in losses to farmers and livestock producers, and that figure is expected to rise
Amtrak officials say they had no beef with using cattle-based biodiesel to power its Heartland Flyer train. The train runs daily between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.
Texas cattle rancher Charles Kothman is down to six calves and their mothers after selling off 80 animals in recent months.
For 17 days straight, the Dallas-Fort Worth Area has reached triple digit temperatures. The intense heat, and severe drought, is creating a surplus in the number of cattle heading to auction.