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Ranchers Continue To Struggle In Drought

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The current drought continues to put Texoma rancher's livelihood in hot water.

Rancher Warren Reid relies on dug up tanks to store rain water so his cattle can drink it. The problem is the drought has dried it up so much that it now looks like two separate tanks.

Reid says tanks are his only option because well water in this area is too salty for cows. Now he's losing money because of it. Reid would normally have 5,000 wheat pasture cows roaming across his pastures. But since each cow drinks 10 to 15 gallons of water a day, this year he had to cut back to only buying 1,700 cows. There's just not enough water to provide the cows and the wheat hasn't been growing. Unfortunately reid says it's too expensive to haul water from other towns to fill up his tanks. All he's hoping for now is more rain.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6