Beef Producers Encouraged To Take Water Survey

NCBA requests your participation in the following 5-minute survey about water quality practices. The anonymous information you submit will help us counter the negative impression by the media and activist groups about beef production’s impact on water quality. We appreciate your participation. More information on the survey is directly below the link. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions. 

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Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Ready to Distribute Funds Donated to Aid Cattlemen in Fire Relief Efforts

In Oklahoma, more than 310 thousand acres burned causing a wide variety of losses to livestock, pastures, hay, fences and facilities. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, a 501(c)3, immediately set-up a fire relief fund in an effort to aid cattlemen in the relief process.

“We’ve received donations literally from all over the country and 100% of donations will be paid out directly to affected ranchers,” said Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation. “Donations are still coming in, but it’s time to start the distribution process.”

The distribution process starts with a simple application. Documentation should be attached to completed applications, such as; USDA-FSA Form 578, USDA-FSA program applications, receipts for veterinary care, receipts/estimates for fence repair, receipts for special feed purchase, etc. The application can be accessed at

“All cattle producers are eligible, and encouraged, to apply,” Jaronek said.

Applications are due May 1, 2017 and will be reviewed by a committee to distribute the funds in an equitable manner.

According to Jaronek, “Assistance checks will be issued within 90 days of the fire.” To donate visit or send a check with Fire Relief in the memo to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, was founded in 1979 and is funded by personal contributions. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry and exists to support and defend the state and nation’s beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership or activities visit

R-Calf’s Bullard Speaks At KCA Meeting

Members of the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) and others from the agriculture community came together in Corning, Kansas during a regional meeting on March 23, 2017. Tyler Dupy, KCA Executive Director, provided a presentation clarifying differences between KCA and other cattlemen’s organizations. Guest speaker, Bill Bullard, R-Calf USA CEO, discussed R-CALF USA’s four priorities of the Trump Administration. A free USA Beef dinner was also served.
Dupy spoke of the importance of understanding the difference between the “Beef Industry” and the “Cattle Production Industry.” “The term “Beef Industry” is a term broadly used to define beef as a processed commodity, but the term, in essence, attempts to consolidate the interests of multiple industries: cattle production, manufacturing, retail, and distribution all into one. The needs and interests of a rural Kansas rancher are far different than those of a packer executive,” Dupy stated.

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Cattle Industry Hit Hard By Wildfires

Fierce winds created dozens of firestorms that whipped fast across cattle grazing lands in Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma. Cattle have perished, land is charred and hundreds of miles of fence line is gone.

American Cattle News’ Patrick Cavanaugh spoke with several people in the key areas and filed this audio report.

Here’s a link to a map showing fire areas and livestock feed locations.

“It’s all hands on deck to get hay and other feed sources to cattlemen who have lost all grazing land,” said Jeremy Fuchs, the spokesperson for Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. “There is quite a bit of impact on Texas ranchers,” Fuchs said.

Fuchs said that 30 special Texas Rangers are working with cattleman throughout the affected areas to help them with lost cattle, and found cattle.

“Our job right now as Texas AgriLife Extension, is to gather feed and hay supplies to feed the cattle for two to three weeks. That is our assignment,” said Mike Jeffcoat, a Gray County extension agent where fires destroyed much of the grazing land and structures.

“On Saturday we unloaded 1,851 round bales, and three truck loads of cattle feed, and it’s still arriving daily,” said Jeffcoat. “If there is too much in one place we will transfer it to another place in need.”

And Oklahoma was not spared, noted Chancey Hanson is the spokesperson for the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association.

“I spoke with one of our members who have an operation in Knowles, OK, where there are three generations working on the operation terribly impacted by the fires,” Hanson said.

“I visited with the grandpa of the crew, and of course he was pretty emotional. He said he’s never seen anything like this before,” she said. “They pretty much lost all their grassland, and they had a little bit of wheat where some cattle had congregated. That’s the only cattle they had left,” said Hanson.

“Luckily they didn’t lose any of their homes where people were living, and they still had some of their equipment,” Hanson said. “He was positive in that regard, but knowing that he was blessed to have his home and his family, but it’s pretty emotional.”

“It took everything,” noted Scarlett Hagins with the Kansas Livestock Association

“There were 23 fires in 23 Kansas counties, and the wind along with extremely dry conditions, we had a pretty heavy fuel load, especially the tall grass in many areas,” said Hagins. “You add all that together and it combines to form the perfect storm unfortunately, and that fire was burning fast and hot. It just took everything so quickly,” she added.

Fire Response Information

The following information was compiled by various relief efforts to support those ranchers affected by the devastating fires throughout the Midwest recently. The information is also posted at

Ashland Fire Response: The command center for coordination of people to receive or give help is Ashland Veterinary Center. Dr. Randall Spare is heading this up. The number for people to call is 620-635-2641. Anybody in the Ashland area that needs help should please call the veterinary clinic. Also, anybody heading to Ashland to help, please call the clinic so we get people to the places of need.
The second center is coordinating hay delivery for cattle. The Neal and Jeff Kay at Ashland Feed and Seed is coordinating this effort and all hay deliveries should go to them at 1975 County Road U, Ashland, Kansas (on the south end of Main Street on the south end of town). The number to call before heading out is 785-273-5115.
Kansas Livestock Association is organizing hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. 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

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
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
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

Two 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,
Lipscomb, Texas
Contact – J.R. Sprague
Office # 806-862-4601 / Cell # 806-202-5288
Supply Point 2
Clyde Carruth Pavilion
301 Bull Barn Drive
Pampa, Texas
Contact – Mike Jeffcoat
Office # 806-669-8033 / Cell # 580-467-0753
Kansas Cattlemen’s Association sends our thoughts and prayers to the ranching and fire-fighting communities battling these fires and the difficult road ahead of putting lives back together.

Texas Wildfire Third Largest in State History

Wildfires across America have burned over a million acres and have taken several lives. Reports say the Perryton fire was the third largest in Texas state history.

In Gray County, Texas, three ranchers died trying to save their cattle. Sydney Wallace, Cody Crockett, and Sloan Everett all died after succumbing to injuries they sustained from the fire. A crowdfunding page for Sydney and  Cody has been established. The Gray County fire started around Monday afternoon, five miles East of Lefors.

In Oklahoma, wildfires have burned 70,000 aces with several homes and hundreds of cattle lost- Read More

CNN reports wildfires across the country have claimed seven lives and destroyed more than a million acres. Read More

CBS Denver reports blowing smoke and dust fueled a wildfire in Logan County, Colorado. View More

Texas Keeps an Eye on Tick Fever

Texas beef producers are looking at different ways to combat the cattle fever tick. The fever tick can destroy the animals’ red blood cells, causing acute anemia, high fever, and enlargement of the spleen and liver, ultimately resulting in death.

Floyd Ingram, Milam County extension agent

Floyd Ingram, Milam County extension agent

“We’re on the edge of it right now, We’re trying to stay one step ahead of it,” says Floyd Ingram a county extension agent in Milan County, Texas.

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Texas Cattle Raisers Commend Trump’s Order on EPA Overreach

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president Richard Thorpe issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers reevaluate the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.tscralogo_300x300

“The WOTUS rule is a misguided attempt to control water on our ranches and private lands by imposing overly burdensome regulations and harsh penalties on landowners. It would destroy the livelihoods of Texas ranchers by regulating them out of business, and threaten our ability to provide America with a safe and affordable food supply. I commend President Trump for recognizing the peril of such a rule and taking action to control federal overreach.”