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Oklahoma State Extension Says Over Sixteen Million Dollars in Losses to Agriculture as a Result of Northwest Oklahoma Fire Complex

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:56:43 CDT

Oklahoma State Extension Says Over Sixteen Million Dollars in Losses to Agriculture as a Result of Northwest Oklahoma Fire Complex The numbers have been crunched: the March 7 wildfires that ravaged parts of Beaver, Harper and Woodward counties had an economic impact exceeding $16 million.

“In Oklahoma, more than 310 thousand acres burned causing a wide variety of losses to livestock, pastures, hay, fences and facilities,” said Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist. “Estimates of losses based on preliminary information currently available sum to a total of $14.6 million for cattle operations.”

In addition, the Plum Thicket Sow Farm owned by Smithfield sustained losses of some 4,000 sows and an unknown number of weaning pigs. According to Smithfield officials, at least six sow barns were destroyed. Peel said hog farm losses of animals and facilities likely total $2 million dollars or more.

Estimated cattle industry losses in Oklahoma include:

$6.7 million for fence replacement and repair;

$3.5 million for livestock killed or destroyed as a result of the fire plus veterinary costs and reduced value of surviving injured animals;

$2.2 million for burned facilities and corrals;

$1.3 million for emergency feed; and

$920,000 for burned pasture and hay.

“These estimates are based in part on preliminary totals of some 3,000 head of cattle lost and more than 1,100 miles of fences impacted,” Peel said. “The current totals do not include any estimates for equipment losses, meaning estimates may increase as a more comprehensive assessment of the losses is completed.”

Although the losses incurred in the fires will have significant and long-lasting financial impacts on the operations and families affected, Peel said no significant market impacts on livestock prices are expected.

“The losses incurred are very personal, both in terms of those directly affected and the outpouring of support from volunteers,” said Darrell McBee, Harper County Extension Office director and agricultural educator.

As the region’s primary coordinator of relief efforts, McBee said help has been rushing in from individuals, groups and organizations from 30 states encompassing everything from much-needed hay to sustain surviving livestock, to milk replacer used to feed calves orphaned by the wildfires, to fencing supplies, bottled water and much more; not to mention providing actual on-site labor and equipment for hauling hay, bottle feeding calves and rebuilding fence lines.

“We took phone calls from more than 3,000 people during the first 10 days,” McBee said. “The outpouring of support has really showcased that America really is an extended community when the need arises.”

The Harper County Extension Office is part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, a state agency administered by Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

“Our Cooperative Extension staff and faculty from northwestern Oklahoma and across the state have been stalwarts, investing their time, expertise and hard work in meeting the needs of farmers and ranchers in the region affected by the fire,” said Tom Coon, OSU vice president of agricultural programs and DASNR dean and director.

“Their dedication reminds us of the importance of having a network of county Extension offices across the state that are meeting needs on a recurring basis and can respond quickly to emergencies,” he said.

Anyone wishing to make donations or seeking additional information about the relief effort should contact the Harper County Extension Office by phone at 580-735-2252.

Source- OSU Extension (with additional information added on Smithfield Hog Farm)



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