Wildfires Causing Tremendous Damage to Livestock Industry

Wildfires continue to rage across the Panhandle and North Central Texas, inflicting serious damage on the state’s livestock industry. Andrew Schneider has this report.

With roughly 50% of Texas counties reporting in, the death toll for beef cattle is over 500 head and climbing. Andy Vestal, a professor with Texas A&M’s Texas Agrilife Extension Service, says herd deaths are only a slice of the pain ranchers are in for.

“The most expensive part of the losses probably are the forages, because that’s the feed, that’s the resource that we use. The sunlight, and the soil, and the moisture, and the nutrients in the soil produce feed for these animals, and that resource is gone for this growing season.”

The fires have also consumed well over 1100 miles of fence.

“And we expect that to triple, possibly, once we get our satellite imagery in.”

Texas Agrilife Extension is collecting donations of hay and feed supplies. For a list of collection points, click here.

 

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Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...