TOPEKA, Kan. — The Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) has established a fund to support ranching families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Administered by the organization’s foundation, the Cattle Raisers Relief Fund is accepting donations online at www.tscra.org/relieffund or by sending checks to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Texas A&M University estimated about 1.2 million cattle are in the 54-county disaster area. Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said that represents about 25% of the state’s cowherd. In addition to cattle killed, displaced and strayed by the historic flooding, miles and miles of fence were heavily damaged or destroyed. Though damage is still being assessed, Miller predicted total agricultural losses will exceed $150 million.
TSCRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Eldon White said there is no need for hay from outside Texas at this time. He said Texas had an exceptionally mild summer and there is an abundance of hay within the state.
— Kansas Livestock Association
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