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After fire, rancher trimmed herd


The Star newspaper followed one rancher’s plight after the big fire destroyed much of his pastureland last year.

Jim and Michelle Hemmer have managed to find enough hay for winter feed for their 400 head of livestock.

Jim said last week that they have trimmed their herd of 500 cattle down to less than 400 and spent countless hours finding winter hay and repairing fence, all because of the fire,

Hemmer would be the first to tell you that many ranchers up in the Delrio flats suffered as much loss as he did, if not more.

But it has been a struggle.

Hay has reached outlandish prices of $200...

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