The following includes information compiled on various relief efforts to support those ranchers affected by the devastating fires throughout the Midwest this week. Kansas Cattlemen's Association sends our thoughts and prayers to the ranching and fire-fighting communities battling these fires and the difficult road ahead of putting lives back together.
The information has been posted to our website at www.kansascattlemen.com. We will do our best to keep it updated as new information comes available.
Ashland Fire Response: The command center for coordination of people to receive or give help is Ashland Veterinary Center. Dr. Randall Spare is heading this up. The number for people to call is 620-635-2641. Anybody in the Ashland area that needs help should please call the veterinary clinic. Also, anybody heading to Ashland to help, please call the clinic so we get people to the places of need.
The second center is coordinating hay delivery for cattle. The Neal and Jeff Kay at Ashland Feed and Seed is coordinating this effort and all hay deliveries should go to them at 1975 County Road U, Ashland, Kansas (on the south end of Main Street on the south end of town). The number to call before heading out is 785-273-5115.
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
USD 220 is starting a "go fund me" account in order to provide monetary donations to the students and families of Ashland Public Schools. Proceeds will be distrubuted by the school district directly to all families affected by this tragic event. USD 220 thanks you for your support. You may contact USD 220 if you have any questions, 620-635-2814.
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.
For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/
Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Attn: Disaster Fund 9177 E. Mineral Circle Centennial, CO 80112
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.
Additional contacts for assisting those in need in Oklahoma include:
Tyree Ag / US-283, Laverne, OK, just over 1 mile north of stop light, last business north side of Laverne, east side of the road Contact - Jay Dee Nielsen / 580-334-6819
Dale Long / 1 mile east, ½ mile north, ½ mile east of Gate, OK Contact - Dale Long / 580-571-1249
May Coop Elevator / May, OK Contact - Tom Fanning / 580-727-5530
Buffalo Coop / 322 E Harper, Buffalo, OK 73834 Contact - Beverly Mings / 580-735-2533
Western Equipment / 3999 Lakeview Drive, Woodward, OK Contact - Caleb Zook / 580-254-0080
Texas 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 Lipscomb County Show Facility 202 West Main Street, Lipscomb, Texas Contact - J.R. Sprague Office # 806-862-4601 / Cell # 806-202-5288
Supply Point 2 Clyde Carruth Pavilion 301 Bull Barn Drive Pampa, Texas Contact - Mike Jeffcoat Office # 806-669-8033 / Cell # 580-467-0753
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