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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RANCHERS AFFECTED BY TEXAS WILDFIRES

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) encourages all ranchers whose cattle were on burned pasture to have their cattle inspected by a veterinarian for burns and other trauma from fires.

It is critical to have cattle inspected as life threatening conditions, difficult to diagnose without training, may occur within two to three days of the fire. Ranchers should contact their local veterinarians for inspection.

Ranchers should also assess property, including fences, buildings, and livestock damages as quickly as possible and report that information to their local County Extension Agent.

Ranchers with emergency hay needs or those who wish to donate supplies are encouraged to contact the following Livestock Supply Points:

Stonewall County Livestock Supply Point
Location: Stonewall County Fair Grounds, Hwy 380, Aspermont, TX
POC: Jason Miller, County Extension Agent
Office: (940) 989-3510
Email: jbmiller@ag.tamu.edu

Jeff Davis County Livestock Supply Point
Location: Red Barn Ranch, 1 mile South of Ft. Davis
POC: Logan Boswell, County Extension Agent
Office: (432) 837-6207
Email: lboswell@tamu.edu

Eligible ranchers who have experienced losses as a result of the wildfires can also apply for benefits through the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

LIP provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from natural disasters including wildfires.  Eligible losses must have occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011.

For more information on LIP, the LIP application process and other FSA programs, please contact your local FSA office or visit FSA online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/tx.

A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent.

Livestock that die within 60 days of the date of the qualifying event, but prior to Oct. 1, 2011 will be considered eligible for loss benefits.

For more information visit TSCRA’s Wildfire Resource page at http://www.tscra.org/wildfires.html.

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 134-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.

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