KANSAS CITY, Mo. — July 23, 2013 — In response to the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, the West Auction, Inc., the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and the Livestock Marketing Association of Texas (LMAT) established the Cattleman’s Relief Fund. To date, $129,500 dollars has been raised, and a check in that amount was presented to the West EMS on July 22 at State National Bank in West, TX.
“After the explosion, I was contacted by several LMA member markets who wanted to help the community of West. I spoke to the Uptmore family at West Auction, Inc., and it was decided that the community really needed funds to rebuild,” said LMA Regional Executive Officer, Jesse Carver.
The LMA organized a “Week for West” and distributed donation information to LMA members across the nation. About 30 auction markets from Texas, California, Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as the LMA, LMAT and many individuals contributed to the Cattleman’s Relief Fund. All money raised has been donated to West EMS for the replacement of two ambulances lost during the explosion.
West Auction, Inc. did not conduct their Thursday sale the day after the explosion, and instead moved 800 head of cattle on hand to various surrounding markets for consignment. In the days following the explosion, West Auction was utilized as a staging area and press conference site for local, national and international media.
About the Livestock Marketing Association:
The Livestock Marketing Association, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is North America’s largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector. LMA has approximately 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada, who in turn serve farmers, ranchers and rural communities.