When disaster strikes
Mother Nature really hit farming country hard and she did it on Ag Day.
The Fence Post and my own Facebook pages were loaded with scary stories and even scarier photos of snow, wind, flood and cold impacted cattle and sheep.
The fact that it happened during calving and lambing only compounded the disaster.
We at The Fence Post tried to get as much information in this magazine as we could about the disaster and how to care for animals in the aftermath. And we will continue to publish more of this information in the coming weeks. And, of course, our thoughts and prayers go out to farmers and ranchers now and for the weeks and possibly months ahead as they try to recover.
The reason for our intense coverage is two-fold. We want to make sure everybody knows how much ag country is suffering and hope that it prompts help from people in areas that aren’t dealing with disastrous weather conditions.
We also want to provide information as we can to those of you who have been impacted by the blizzard and flooding about programs that may be of assistance.
We will also be watching for stories about what farmers and ranchers are successfully doing to recover and hope those stories inspire others or give them ideas they can use on their own operations. So feel free to contact me if you have a story of this nature.
And, please don’t hesitate to ask for help whether it’s help on the farm, mental health help or medical help. It’s very important during this stressful time to take care physically and mentally.
It’s easy to get overworked and forget about eating in the midst of recovering from this natural disaster.
I know that many of you are not only dealing with your own recoveries, but also helping neighbors, friends and your communities.
And, I was just informed of a Facebook page Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa Flooding Alert that may have some information that can be useful to you.
For instance, someone wrote about Cabelas donating a boat to help rescue and animal feeding efforts.❖
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