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Texas Cattle Recovery Slow
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Fri Oct 19, 2012 08:15 AM CDT

GUTHRIE, Texas (DTN) -- Brooks Hodges took over as general manager of Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co. last year in the midst of a drought and then had to deal with wildfire devouring 90,000 acres of native pasture.

At capacity, the 180,000-acre ranch, which dates back to 1883, could stock nearly 4,000 cows and their calves. However, 2011 delivered only 4 inches of rain on the ranch in addition to the fire that stripped the southern half of the ranch down to bare ground, leaving it open to wind erosion.

"For about 12 months this ground just blew," Hodges said. ...

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