Even in areas where pastures have sprung back from last-year’s drought, high cattle prices, cash shortages and general uncertainty will keep ranchers cautious and suggest a slow recovery of cattle numbers.

An Associated Press article this week documents the trend, noting that while demand for replacement cattle has picked up in Eastern Texas, the rebuilding process will take years even with favorable weather conditions. West Texas remains extremely dry, meaning any rebuilding in that area is at least another year in the future.