STYLE

Drought tests Texas farmers' business savvy; 1 sells raw milk, another calves to survive

05/25/2012 03:14 EDT | Updated 07/24/2012 05:12 EDT
ELKHART, Texas - Texas' devastating drought has traumatized farmers and ranchers, who will likely tell stories about surviving the blistering heat and parched landscape of 2011 for generations.

Linda Galayda sold cattle, hauled water and spent $140,000 on hay to get her East Texas ranch through the drought. She made one son leave the ranch to get a job in San Antonio, and another dipped into his savings to help keep the family business going.

Bob and Darlene Stryk got through by selling premium-priced, unpasteurized, nonhomogenized milk at their dairy farm in Engle. But, the Stryks had to sell their beef cattle when the hay barn emptied. They aren't sure when they'll restock.

And this is only a peek at life during the drought.

MORE:cpStyle