Texas ranchers are contemplating culling their herds or shipping cattle to Colorado because months of drought have dried up pastures and those with grass may not have water.

A swath of North Texas has escaped the worst conditions because of late spring rains. But 60% of the state is in an "exceptional" drought, says Travis Miller of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

"The last eight months have been the driest in the state of Texas since records were first kept in 1895," Miller says.

Hay stocks are dwindling statewide, with areas such as East Texas and the Coastal Bend drier than others, the Extension service reported. And trucking costs to bring bales from out of state are rising beyond reach.

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