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Rick Worthington Disaster Relief for Cattlemen
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: May 08, 2018

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Wildfire is something we talk about a great deal in the Western United States. It's one of the more common fears in the west because there is more federally owned land, much of it unmanaged, and bordering on large ranches.

When a ranch is hit by wildfire, most of the ranching community pulls together to offer aid... Now, a relief fund has been established to help cattlemen who have been affected by on-going wildfires in western Oklahoma.

Michael Kelsey with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association explains:

When wildfires strike in cattle country, the list of needs is long and expensive: Hurt cows have to see the veterinarian. Fences must be replaced. Barns need to be rebuilt. Perhaps most urgently, the surviving cattle must eat. So each time a major fire devastates the Great Plains, an informal but robust hay delivery kicks into gear, powered by Facebook messages, word of mouth and the honor system. The Oklahoma fires, which burned an area about the size of Chicago and New York City put together, made relatively few national headlines. But in agricultural circles — and especially in places that have seen their own fires — word of the destruction spread swiftly.

Prairie fires are a fact of life on the Great Plains, but recent years have brought a series of unusually strong, multiday blazes that set records and spread out of control.

A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation to help cattlemen who have been affected by on-going wildfires in western Oklahoma.

You may donate to this relief effort by mail or online. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, with "Fire Relief" in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395., Oklahoma City, OK 73148.

The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation is accepting donations to help aid in fire relief efforts for those affected by the recent wildfires in western Oklahoma.

Hay Donations

If you are interested in donating hay, please call:

(405) 496-9329

(405) 397-7912

(405) 590-0106

Hay Needed

If you have been impacted by the recent wildfires in Woodward County, Dewey County, Roger Mills County, Woods County or Custer County and are in need of hay, please call:

(405) 496-9329

(405) 397-7912

(405) 590-0106

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