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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is abandoning the use of hot-iron branding and moving towards the use of ear tags for the identification of cattle. PHOTO by CALLIE RICHMOND


2011 — the driest year in Texas history — delivered a huge blow to cattle ranchers. And as Nathan Bernier of KUT News reports, the prospect of a continuing drought spells trouble for both ranchers and consumers.

NATHAN BERNIER reports for KUT News where this story originally aired. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between The Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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