Cattle Feeder Tom Fanning Offers First Hand Account of Northwest Oklahoma Fire- And Details Relief Efforts- Including Hay Donation DetailsTue, 07 Mar 2017 17:15:51 CST
UPDATED- Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Northwest District Vice President Tom Fanning, who has been watching the fire up close and is now involved in the relief effort that includes the Relief Fund that has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation. You can hear their conversaiton by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Also- We have been told by Michael Kelsey of the OCA that if you have been impacted by the fire- it is VERY important that you document your losses by taking pictures of the damage and/or the dead animals that have resulted from the fires. Kelsey says that taking pictures with your cell phone will be vital when you start filing for disaster assistance in the days ahead. Take those pictures as you first come across the damage or the dead or injured animals.
Fanning tells us that there have been several locations set up to accept donations of hay- listen to the interview to get those details- and he says that if you have animals that need hay because of the fire- they are asking that you make the request for help through your local extension office.
Here is the earlier story on the relief fund set up by the OCF:
A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF) to help Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward County Cattlemen who have been affected by recent wildfires in the area.
"When unfortunate situations happen, it is humbling to see how generous folks can be to help those who are in need and we are happy to provide a place for those funds to be held," said Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the OFC, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. "We will coordinate with the Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward County Extension to organize relief efforts in the area and to identify ranchers that are in need."
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.
"I know that many of my friends, neighbors and fellow cattlemen could use some help in recovering from this devastating wildfire," said Tom Fanning of May, Okla. who is currently serving as the Northwest District Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA). "In addition to the relief fund, hay donations would also be tremendously helpful."
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.
Source - Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation
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