For those who dont know we here in Texas are in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the states history, and that is saying something. I was talking to my dad and he raises cattle, we always have. He was informing me he had finally located some hay(milo stalks at that) about an hour and half away so he will have something to feed in the winter. He does not have a large herd of cattle but is going to have to sell about half of them next week because there is no more grass for them to eat. We have 4 stock tanks on our land(210 acres) and all of them are dry now. He is providing water each day for them in four large water troughs that they drink dry by the next morning. I have seen bad conditions here in Texas in my life but this is getting bad. One of my dad's friends he goes to church with is a cattle hauler, a person who hauls cattle to different sales in the area for people who dont have the means or the time to do so. The hauler said he was working around the clock hauling to about a half dozen different cattle sales in that area. Ive been to these sales many times and on average there will be about 800-1000 head at each sale each week. Well, I was talking to dad and he said every sale is running at about 300% of what they usually sell. One sale had as many as 3700 head sell.......they started the auction at noon and didnt finish until the next morning at 10 am......completely unheard of in my lifetime! Most of the cattle are going to slaughter but some are going north to greener pastures and some are even being shipped to Turkey if you can imagine that. Its hard to imagine much of a cattle industry surviving in this state with this much environmental pressure placed upon producers. I personally have known at least a half dozen long time cattleman that have sold completely out of the business... A true, random rambling for everyone tonight.