Tale of two ranches

Tale of two ranches

Texas farmers use business wile to weather drought
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Some of Linda Galayda’s cattle take advantage of a full water tank at the 7-bar-7 ranch in Elkhart, Texas. After years of drought, rain finally arrived in January to refill the creeks, ponds and lakes.
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Riding across a pasture at her ranch in Elkhart, Texas, rancher Linda Galayda intends to give the land time to heal from the extended drought before restocking her herd of about 370 dairy cows.
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The herd of dairy cows at the Stryk Jersey Farm in Schulenberg, Texas, now numbers 60 head, up from a low of 25 head during the drought in 1996.
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Drought prompted Bob and Darlene Stryk to reduce the size of their dairy herd and launch Strykly Texas Cheese, with products that include blocks of cheddar cheese cut into the shape of the state of Texas.
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Diane Roeder and Bob Stryk shred slabs of cheese curd at the Stryk Jersey Farm in Schulenberg, Texas. Steady sales of raw milk and cheese kept the farm afloat during the brutal drought of 2011.
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As her ranch begins to recover from the worst one-year drought in Texas history, the drought of 2011, rancher Linda Galayda gives a pet and a treat to one of her favorite cows at her 7-bar-7 ranch in Elkhart, Texas.
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