Blizzard relief website
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) launched the Colorado Cattlemen’s Blizzard Relief Effort web page, a resource site for both cattlemen affected by recent storms; and for individuals and companies wanting to make donations. “We’ve been getting lots of calls from people wanting to know how they can help, and lots more from ranchers asking for help,” said Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice President of CCA. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from concerned citizens,” he added.
The website, at http://www.coloradocattle.org, has a great start on a running list of available hay and will be updated daily, as more come in. The site also offers easy access for those wanting to make monetary donations, and email and phone contact information for those with questions.
“At this time, we know that approximately 8,000 cattle have been found dead in Colorado alone, and with 340,000 cattle located in the southeast quarter of our state, more losses are expected as the snow melts,” Fankhauser said. “This storm will have an economic impact on not only the producers, but the communities, with escalating hay prices, sick animals, reduced weight gains, damaged property, and more,” he added.
CCA is also working with the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) and Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) to secure drop locations for hay donations. “The hay shortage in the blizzard areas is a big concern,” Fankhauser said. With several months of feeding before spring, ranchers in the blizzard area are concerned about their rapidly dwindling hay supplies. Anyone with available hay can contact CCA at (303) 431-6422 or CLA at (970) 378-0500, or visit the CCA website at http://www.coloradocattle.org.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has also activated a disaster relief effort for cattlemen hit by the recent blizzards. In cooperation with the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) and state and local cattlemen’s associations, NCBA is accepting monetary donations, one hundred percent of which will be distributed to cattlemen in need ” there is not a percentage taken for administration costs.
Donations can be made to the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and are tax deductible. The relief funds will be distributed as directed by state associations in the affected areas. Donations can be made at the NCF web site http://www.nationalcattlemenfoundation.com, or by calling NCBA at 866-BEEF-USA (233-3872).
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