The images of the many flood ravaged areas along the Texas Gulf Coast have been engraved into our minds by the media. The human and economic losses left behind by Hurricane Harvey are at the forefront of our thoughts, prayers and relief measures.
One area that may not receive the publicity, but is still a significant economic loss to the region is the animal factor. The potential recovery and placement of the area’s livestock and pets have and will continue after the flood waters recede.
Texas A&M AgriLife is working with several state and private agencies including, Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers (TSCRA), and Texas Farm Bureau just to name a few. Livestock Supply Points and Livestock Shelters have been set up along the coastal region to assist producers in providing emergency feed resources, locating lost and displaced livestock and providing temporary shelter for these displaced animals. These Livestock Supply Points and Shelters need the following:
-Feed for cattle, sheep, goats, and poultry
-Hay for livestock consumption
-Shavings and other bedding products
-Livestock panels and gates for temporary pastures
-Livestock feeding and watering equipment
Producers wishing to help can do so in several ways, to donate any of the listed items call 979-845-7800; large quantities of hay can be directed to the Texas Department of Agriculture Hay Hotline at 512-463-9360 or https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Home/ProductionAgriculture/HayHotline. Monetary donations can be made to the STAR Fund-State of Texas Ag Relief Fund at http://www.texasagriculture.gov/Home/ProductionAgriculture/DisasterAssistance/STARFund.aspx or the Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation is accepting tax deductible donations to aid in the relief effort at http://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-farm-bureau-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/, and if you have extra pasture to be donated contact the Texas Animal Health Commission at 512-719-0799.
One thing about the great State we Live in is its independence and its people willing to help their neighbor in time of need. So, keep our neighbors on the gulf coast in our thoughts and prayers and help out where you can.