The land that Don Casey raises cattle on in Blanco County has been in his family since Sam Houston gave a land grant to a Texas soldier after the Battle of San Jacinto, a piece of paper that eventually found its way to Casey’s great-great-great-grandfather and set the family toward the port of Galveston from Germany.

A few of his cattle have bloodlines that can be traced back to the longhorns that originally grazed there.

Drought has put that legacy in jeopardy.

Casey recorded a couple of inches of desperately needed rain two weekends ago. In the previous 12 months, he’d measured a total of 1.6 inches.