Our thoughts and prayers are with the farmers and ranchers and firefighters/first responders in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas who are currently battling wildfires.
If you are interested in aiding in relief efforts, please see information below.
If your market is collecting donations or hosting a benefit auction, please call your Region Executive Officer or Lindsay Graber Runft at 800-821-2048.
Efforts hosted by LMA-member Markets
Decatur Livestock Market (Texas)
LMA-member market, Decatur Livestock Market, will have a special segment added to their auction today to benefit farmers/ranchers affected by wildfires. The auction is today beginning at approximately 11 a.m. central. For more information, please contact Kimberly at 940-389-5252 or Mickey 817-253-0201.
Joplin Regional Stockyards (Missouri)
LMA-member market, Joplin Regional Stockyards, is hosting a benefit auction. Benefits will be split between the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Fire Relief Fund and Kansas Livestock Association. If you’d like to donate call Mark Harmon at (417) 316-0101 or the JPS office at 417-548-2333 and ask for Sara.
Holton Livestock Exchange (Kansas)
LMA-member market, Holton Livestock Exchange, Inc., will be hosting a rollover calf auction to benefit farmers/ranchers affected by wildfires in Kansas. The auction will be March 14 at 12:30 p.m., and proceeds will go to Kansas Livestock Association Foundation Disaster Relief.
Emporia Livestock Sales (Kansas)
LMA-member market, Emporia Livestock Sales, will be hosting a rollover calf auction to benefit those affected by the wildfires. The steer will be donated by Arndt Farms of Emporia, KS.
OKC West Livestock Market (Oklahoma)
LMA-member market, OKC West Livestock Market LLC, will be hosting a rollover calf auction on March 15 to benefit victims of the wildfires in Oklahoma. The auction will begin at noon. Give them a call if you cannot attend but would like to donate. Proceeds will go to the relief fund established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation.
Sterling Livestock Commission Co. (Colorado)
LMA-member market, Sterling Livestock Commission Co., will host a charity rollover calf auction to benefit wildfire relief efforts in Colorado. The auction will be March 15 at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will go into a special account which will be used to purchase fence supplies at distributor’s cost. For more information, contact Sterling Livestock at 970-522-1950.
Wichita Livestock Sales Co. (Texas)
LMA-member market, Wichita Livestock Sales Co., has set up an account to donate to the fire victims. Items donated will be auctioned off Wednesday, March 15 at 12:00 p.m. For more information, contact Billy at 940-733-9866, Lynn at 940-733-9856 or Marianne at 940-733-9566.
Woodward Livestock Auction (Oklahoma)
LMA-member market, Woodward Livestock Auction, will auction off at least 3 head of cattle at noon Thursday, March 16. Proceeds will benefit farmers/ranchers affected by the Oklahoma wildfires.
Dunlap Livestock Auction (Iowa)
LMA-member market, Dunlap Livestock Auction, will host a rollover calf auction Friday, March 17 beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Livestock Exchange (Colorado)
LMA-member market, Livestock Exchange, in Brush, Colo., will host a rollover calf auction on Friday, March 17 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The calf will be donated by Tyler Knode.
Montgomery Stockyards (Alabama)
LMA-member market, Montgomery Stockyards, will host a rollover calf auction Monday, March 20, to benefit farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas.
Farmers and Ranchers Livestock (Kansas)
LMA-member market, Farmers and Ranchers Livestock, will host a rollover auction to benefit wildfire victims in Kansas. Fink Beef Genetics will donate a bull to be sold at the beginning of the cow sale (12:00 p.m.).
Imperial Livestock Auction (Nebraska)
LMA-member market, Imperial Livestock Auction, will host a rollover calf auction to benefit those affected by wildfires.
Vernon Livestock Market (Texas)
LMA-member market, Vernon Livestock, will host an auction to benefit wildfire victims. For more information or to donate, please contact the office at 940-552-6000.
Parsons Livestock Market (Kansas)
LMA-member market, Parsons Livestock, will host a rollover calf auction on March 22 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The O’Toole family will be donating the steer sold in the rollover calf auction.
Centennial Livestock (Colorado)
LMA-member market, Centennial Livestock, will host a rollover calf auction to benefit those affected by wildfires. The auction will start at 12:00 p.m.
Marysville Livestock (Kansas)
LMA member-market, Marysville Livestock, will host a rollover calf auction to benefit victims of the wildfire. A steer will be sold on March 23 at 12:00 p.m., and proceeds will go to the Kansas Livestock Foundation.
Paris Stockyard (Kentucky)
LMA member-market, Paris Stockyard, will be hosting a rollover calf auction to support wildfire relief on March 23rd. A calf will be donated by Michael Ross. The stockyard will also donate $1 for every animal sold that day.
Pratt Livestock (Kansas)
LMA-member market, Pratt Livestock, will have a benefit auction to raise money for those affected by the wildfire in Clark and Commanche counties. The auction will be on March 23 at 12:00 p.m. and proceeds will go to the Kansas Livestock Foundation.
Paola Livestock Auction (Kansas)
LMA-member market, Paola Livestock Auction, will have a rollover calf auction on Friday, March 24 to benefit wildfire victims. Bourquin Farms will be donating a Black Angus steer for the rollover auction and the sale will start at 2:00 p.m. Additionally, the market will be accepting monetary donations, and those interested can donate without being present at the sale. More information can be found at paolalivestockauction.com.
Cherokee Sales Co. (Oklahoma)
LMA member-market, Cherokee Sales Co., in Cherokee, Okla., will host a rollover calf auction for wildfire relief. Kripple E Cattle Co., owned by Kyle and Kelsy Eastwood, donated a heifer to auction off, and the heifer will sell on Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. Proceeds will go to the relief fund established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation.
Winter Livestock – Dodge City (Kansas)
LMA-member market, Winter Livestock, will be hosting a progressive steer auction at 12:00 p.m. to raise funds for those affected by the recent wildfires. All proceeds will benefit the Wildfire Relief Fund. For more information or to donate, please call Winter Livestock in Dodge City at (620) 225-4159.
Beatrice 77 Livestock Sales (Nebraska)
LMA member-market, Beatrice 77 Livestock Sales, will host a rollover calf auction on April 1. A cow-calf pair will be sold in the rollover calf auction.
DONATIONS BEING COLLECTED BY LMA-MEMBER MARKETS
Blue Grass Stockyards (Kentucky)
LMA-member market, Blue Grass Stockyards, will be collecting monetary donations through Saturday, March 18. Contact information can be found at www.bgstockyards.com/contact-us.
Tulia Livestock Auction (Texas)
LMA-member market, Tulia Livestock, will be collecting donations for those affected by the wildfires in the panhandle of Texas. If you would like to donate, call Mark Hargrave at 806-236-3021.
Oklahoma National Stockyards Company (Oklahoma)
LMA-member market, Oklahoma National Stockyards Company, will collect donations for the next two weeks during the auctions. Donations can be made at the credit desk to benefit victims of the wildfires in Oklahoma. The proceeds will be put in the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation wildfire relief fund to be distributed.
Floydada Livestock Sales (Texas)
LMA-member market, Floydada Livestock Sales, is partnering with Floydada FFA to collect donations (fencing supplies and feed or monetary donations to be used for those things) to benefit farmers/ranchers affected by wildfires in Texas. Donations will be collected until March 24, 2017. If you’d like to donate, contact the market at 806-983-2153.
Additional Relief Efforts
There is a need for milk replacer for calves that have lost their mothers in the wildfire. If you are so inclined to donate a bag, Ashland Feed and Seed said they can take credit card orders over the phone. A bag costs $44.50. Their number is (620) 635-2856. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115. Cash donations can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA’s charitable arm, by going to http://www.kla.org/donationform.aspx.
There is an immediate need for hay, feed, fencing supplies, individuals willing to provide trucking, etc. for the farmers and ranchers devastated by yesterday’s fires. Donations should be taken to CHS Grainland in Haxtun. A loader and scale are both available, if needed. Contact Rick Unrein 970-520-3565 for more information about dropping off donations. Donations can also be dropped off at Justin Price’s farm (11222 CR 7 Sedgwick, CO). For more information, please contact: Kent Kokes 970-580-8108, John Michal 970-522-2330, or Justin Price 970-580-6315.
For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/
Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112
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.
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.
Additional contacts for assisting those in need in Oklahoma include:
Tyree Ag / US-283, Laverne, OK, just over 1 mile north of stop light, last business north side of Laverne, east side of the road Contact – Jay Dee Nielsen / 580-334-6819
Dale Long / 1 mile east, ½ mile north, ½ mile east of Gate, OK Contact – Dale Long / 580-571-1249
May Coop Elevator / May, OK
Contact – Tom Fanning / 580-727-5530
Buffalo Coop / 322 E Harper, Buffalo, OK 73834 Contact – Beverly Mings / 580-735-2533
Western Equipment / 3999 Lakeview Drive, Woodward, OK Contact – Caleb Zook / 580-254-0080
Knowles Elevators / Knowles, Oklahoma / Contact: Joe Hamilton / 580-273-3136 or 580-273-6135
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, who is overseeing the livestock supply points, has told us they now have an ample supply of hay and feed to meet ranchers needs for the next 2-3 weeks. If you’re loaded or on the way, you’re still more than welcome, but if you’re still in the planning stages, please give them a call first.
Fencing supplies are still needed, as are monetary donations to support ranchers in the future. Fencing supplies can go to the AgriLife supply points. Monetary donations can be made to the Texas Dept. of Agriculture STAR Fund.
Three supply points have been established to collect donated hay. Each has been listed below. If you have hay that you can donate and transport to either supply point, please contact the location directly prior to transportation.
Supply Point 1
Lipscomb County Show Facility
202 West Main Street,
Contact – J.R. Sprague
Office # 806-862-4601 / Cell # 806-202-5288
Supply Point 2
Clyde Carruth Pavilion
301 Bull Barn Drive
Contact – Mike Jeffcoat
Office # 806-669-8033 / Cell # 580-467-0753
Supply Point 3
Hemphill County Livestock
Canadian, Texas 79011
Contact – Andy Holloway, 806-823-9114
Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA)
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