Tom Fanning of Buffalo Feeders is Named 2017 Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's AssociationMon, 24 Jul 2017 06:48:55 CDT
Tom Fanning of Buffalo Feeders was named the 2017 Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association a their 65th Annual Convention in Norman on Saturday evening. Fanning has served as the Northwest District Vice President of the OCA, serves as the Chairman of the Oklahoma Beef Council and worked to coordinate this spring all of the wildfire relief that flowed into northwest Oklahoma after hundreds of thousands of acres were burned in early March of this year.
It was especially his work to coordinate the huge amount of money, equipment and supplies into Woodward, Harper and Beaver Counties that was spotlighted on Saturday evening at the OCA Awards Banquet. Fanning led a small army of volunteers in the three counties and beyond that worked to get the help that poured in from across the United States to ranchers that were hurt by the massive fires that killed over a thousand cattle, destroyed hundreds of miles of fence and burned over 500,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas. Fanning worked with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation in distributing $1.2 million dollars of cash donations as well as working tirelessly for weeks in making sure that feed and hay and fencing materials that were donated found a home on ranches that were damaged or destroyed.
Fanning told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays that things look better now- "we had abundant rainfall in April and May and the land has recovered significantly- we still have a lot of fences to replace." He says the money donated has been distributed and has made a positive impact in the countryside surrounding his feedlot operation- Buffalo Feeders.
Fanning and his feedlot is profiled on the Oklahoma Beef Council website- click or tap here to read a Q&A with Fanning on his feedlot and how he cares for his cattle.
You can hear the conversation that Hays had with Fanning on Saturday evening after the award was given by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below. Pictured here is Tom Fanning, along with his wife Michelle and sons Jake and Lane.
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