Associated Press
File - In this July 28, 2011 file photo, a bull stands for inspection as auctioneer Keith Bexley looks for bids at the Lockhart Livestock Auction arena in Lockhart, Texas. This year, cowboys statewide watched closely, a recent auction in Frankston, Texas to see how the  cattle sold. The price of the heifers, the number of buyers, the amount of sales, and the attitude of the ranchers is one of the first real indications of how quickly Texas recovers from the impacts of a historic drought. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

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