Members of the Nebraska Cattlemen Association are helping cattle producers scorched by wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.
Association executive director Pete McClymont says more than a million acres have burned in those states, killing thousands of cattle.
McClymont says, “For us to get the relief the quickest to those in need, we’ve listed on our website the links and the phone numbers of the respective states negatively impacted for people to give hay, fencing supplies or just cash donations.”
He says the biggest need is for hay and fencing materials.
“I’ve looked on Facebook since the fires and it’s been heartwarming and really impressive the way people have sent trucks of hay down there,” McClymont says. “We appreciate all of the governors that have lessened the issues on weight demands for getting the hay across states to those affected.”
McClymont says they have a foundation in place to help when this type of disaster strikes.
“Unfortunately, these things have happened more than we want,” he says. “The coordination and the ability to help in a quick minute’s notice, it’s out there already. It’s amazing how people have helped. It’s really heart-warming.”
McClymont says they expect to know soon how many cattle have died as a result of the wildfires in the four states.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton