Drought conditions could cause some farmers sell cattle due to lack of water

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SECTION, Ala. -  William and Jean Summers of "The Lazy J" say this year has been a trying one for them. Out of their eight years, they say this year's weather has been the absolute worst.  Having no rain has affected their animals.  The well they use to supply water for their animals has completely dried up.

"We've got to use our regular house water and pay for that. And so usually cows drink a lot of water everyday," says William Summers.

They sell calves for extra money, but the cows also help graze their pastures. But of course with no rain there's no grass for feed.

"I'm going to have to buy hay. I'm probably going to have to buy 20 rolls or more of hay for this winter," says Summers.

If the drought doesn't ease up by the end of November, the Summers may have to sell their cattle.

"Maybe the ponds will fill up again and then we can keep the cows," says Williams.  "The upper pond that I'm pumping water into would actually be totally dry if I hadn't of pumped water in it."

The drought has also affected many of the trees on their property.  William says he tries his best to hand water as many as he can.

"On that row of trees there, you see it's about eight of them right along there. They're all sweet gums and they died already."

The Summers say this farm has become a huge part of their family, and they'd hate for the drought to run them away.

"Hopefully we can stay here until we go to the grave."