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Wildfire Relief

Kansas
Kansas Livestock Association is organizing hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115. Cash donations can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA’s charitable arm, by going to www.kla.org/donationform.aspx.

Proceeds from specified lots at several auction market and production sales will help the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) assist ranchers affected by recent wildfires across the state. Holton Livestock will be selling a steer today (3/14) donated by Kim and Kelly Kirkham of Valley Falls in a rollover auction. A steer donated by Steve Arndt of Emporia will be sold tomorrow (3/15) in a progressive auction at Emporia Livestock Sales. Pratt Livestock also will be holding a benefit auction March 23.

A registered Angus heifer donated by Woodbury Farms near Quenemo will sell tomorrow (3/15) during their annual bull and female sale at Overbrook Livestock Commission Company. The heifer will sell as lot 55. To view the sale catalog, go to www.woodburyfarmskansas.com.

Flat Iron Angus of Haddam will be donating the proceeds from the sale of an open registered heifer at their annual production sale tomorrow (3/15). Their sale catalog is posted on www.flatironangus.com/.

Springhill Herefords and Alcove Cattle Company, both of Blue Rapids, will contribute 5% of all bull sales from their On Target Bull sale March 18. Customers can match the 5% or donate more, if they so choose. The sale catalog can be viewed at www.springhillherefords.com/.

Hinkson Angus Ranch of Cottonwood Falls will donate the proceeds from a 3-year-old commercial cow-calf pair to sell during their annual production sale March 21. The pair will sell as Lot 130. To view the sale catalog, visit www.hinksonangus.com.

McCabe Genetics of Elk City will be donating 25% of the proceeds of two bulls selling in their annual bull and commercial female sale March 23. The bulls well sell as Lot 1 and Lot 192. Both bulls can be viewed on videos at www.mccabegenetics.com/.

For those who cannot attend these production sales, but would like to place a bid, call KLA’s Stephen Russell at (785) 458-2650. There will be an opportunity to add on donation dollars after each sale.

In addition, Wedel Red Angus will be accepting fencing supplies and cash donations for KLF wildfire relief efforts at their annual sale today (3/14) in Leoti.

Cash contributions, either through auctions benefitting KLF or direct donations to the foundation, are tax-deductible. To donate, click here or send checks to KLF, 6031 SW 37th Street, Topeka, KS 66614. Every dollar collected will go to ranchers in affected areas.

Nebraska:

Ackerman Ag in Alliance at 308-762-2144. They are not only giving 5% off of products to help ‘fill the trailer’, but have also set up an account to help purchase supplies. They will take credit card info over the phone. Also, pickup/purchase points will be Double A Feed in Bridgeport and Schaacks in Hyannis. Supplies needed include fencing supplies, milk replacer, panels, and feed. Trucks will be leaving Thursday, March 16 by Jaclyn Wilson, to Kansas and possibly Texas.

Two members of the Engler Program have taken it upon themselves to assist folks down south in Oklahoma devastated by wildfires by hauling semi loads of hay and fencing supplies to them! They need your help! If you can donate anything, such as barbed wire, 6.5′ posts or any other item, email Michelle Basford (Engler staff) at mbassford7@unl.edu and she will get you in contact with Matt. They are heading down with a goal of 2 full semis on Friday, March 17.

Spencer French, a Junior UNL Animal Science major, and members of Sigma Alpha, have embraced the efforts and will be taking a trailer with supplies to the Kansas/Oklahoma border this week end.  The students are collecting donations such as barb wire, staples, 7 ft T posts, and bottled water. Please take your donated items to Evans Feed in Broken Bow by 1:00pm on Friday, March 17th.  Cash donations are also welcome. For more information, call Spencer at 870-5285.

Colorado
There is an immediate need for hay, feed, fencing supplies, individuals willing to provide trucking, etc. for the farmers and ranchers devastated by yesterday’s fires. Donations should be taken to CHS Grainland in Haxtun. A loader and scale are both available, if needed. Contact Rick Unrein 970-520-3565 for more information about dropping off donations. Donations can also be dropped off at Justin Price’s farm (11222 CR 7 Sedgwick, CO). For more information, please contact: Kent Kokes 970-580-8108, John Michal 970-522-2330, or Justin Price 970-580-6315.

Colorado Farm Bureau is also accepting donations though https://www.coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund.

Oklahoma
If you would like to donate to this relief effort, you can do so by mail or online. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation and put “Fire Relief” in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit www.okcattlemen.org. If you would like to donate hay or trucking services for hay, you can do so by contacting either the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252 or Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530 to make arrangements or provide trucking services.

Texas
Multiple fires in the Texas Panhandle have burned more than 400,000 acres. As part of a coordinated response with multiple state agencies and emergency managers, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is soliciting hay donations. Two supply points have been established to collect donated hay. Each has been listed below. If you have hay that you can donate and transport to either supply point, please contact the location directly prior to transportation.

Supply Point 1
202 West Main
Lipscomb, TX
Contact: J.R. Spragg
Office: 806-862-4601
Supply Point 2
301 Ball Park Drive
Pampa, TX
Contact: Mike Jeffcoat
Office: 806-669-8033

 

You can also donate to the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Wildfire Relief Fund:
1. Donate online at wrca.org (indicate funds for WRCF Wildfire Relief Fund)
2. Send donation to WRCF Wildfire Relief Fund, 408 SW 7th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79101
3. Call WRCF at (806) 374-9722

 

The STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund) is taking monetary donations for Texas. You may make donations online at:

http://www.texasagriculture.gov/Home/ProductionAgriculture/DisasterAssistance/STARFund.aspx

or send check donations to:
STAR Fund
Texas Department of Agriculture
1700 North Congress Avenue | Austin, Texas 78701

There are many other donation pages being set up to help during this disastrous time. The links to those articles and pages are below:

https://www.capitalfarmcredit.com/news/txfire-relief-efforts-2017

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2017-03-08/more-5000-cattle-displaced-fires-die-down

South Dakota

Relief is on the way to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses following devastating fires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Beresford, S.D. farmer Jed Olbertson, in cooperation with South Dakota Farm Bureau, is coordinating donations of hay and financial support that will be shared with those in need.

Those Olbertson has connected with that are donating and transporting hay will be gathering at the Farmers Co-op in Beresford this week to load trucks and begin the trip. In addition to providing hay, a fund has been established for cash donations at the State Bank of Alcester. The monetary donations will help offset the costs of transportation and any remaining funds will be donated to the fire relief effort. To contact the State Bank of Alcester, call them at 605-934-2500. Checks can be sent directly to the bank at PO Box 168, Alcester, SD 57001.

If you have questions or would like more information about providing donations for farmers and ranchers impacted by the fires, contact South Dakota Farm Bureau at 605-353-8050 or via email at julie@sdfbf.org. A Facebook page is also being created and can be found at SD High Plains Fire Relief.

R-CALF is organizing donations to all states.
Donations can be made by mail to:
Fence Donation
C/O USA FREE
PO Box 30715
Billings, MT  59107