Despite encouraging signs in the livestock industry, rangeland bankers say it could take a couple of years to rustle their cattle customers back to profitability.

"We can start to see that light at the end of the tunnel," said Bret Fox, a research analyst at Cattle-Fax, an Englewood, Colo., information company serving livestock producers. "It's just a question of ... summoning the ability to make it through the next couple of years."

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