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POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 6:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 2:43pm

NOONDAY - With the heat, the lack of rain, and lack of grass and hay, prices now on supplies for farmers and ranchers are on the rise, experts say, and some of them are struggling with a tough decision.

Continue to pay for rising feed and hay for there live stock or leave ranching and farming for good. We spoke with one business owner earlier today who says many of his customers are having a harder time than ever.

"Without being able to hold on to your livestock because of the drought, it's just a bad deal. A lot of them will probably never return to the industry."

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This has been an intense pinch on me all summer as a custom hay farmer and hay producer myself here in Bullard, TX. I have baled no hay at all since July 3 and have had to truck in hay from neighboring states and even states that are farther away ultimately costing customers well over 100 -140 per roll of hay as well as 10-12 per bale just on square hay. With these kinds of cost of hay my customers can only sustain this so long or no more at all. (BADLY NEED RAIN NOW!) / Taylor Hand

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