The Cattleman magazine is received monthly by TSCRA members as part of their membership in the organization.
In this issue, you’ll find a quarterly report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) range professionals about the condition of the rangeland around Texas.
Charles Kneuper, NRCS state rangeland management specialist, Temple, organizes this report for us and deserves our thanks for asking Clint Rollins, NRCS range management specialist, Amarillo, for a complete revision of his report so they could provide us an update from the Panhandle area, which was burned in the March wildfires.
You can find the range report beginning on page 90, but I wanted to share Rollin’s personal comments from the cover note to the report he sent to Kneuper.
“Charles: As requested, I changed the article to key on the recent wildfires. There were 68,500 acres that burned in 2006 re-burned in March 2017. The sad part is I work with many of the producers who were burned twice. Some lost everything, again! I thought it was worth pointing out the hardships some producers are going through twice. My revised article may also be too lengthy, but there was a lot to comment on.”
Ranchers and businesses that support ranching have been more than generous in donating hay for displaced cattle and in providing supplies to rebuild ranches. The volunteer leaders of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) have established a fund to support relief efforts for ranchers affected by this fire and the inevitable natural disasters in the future.
The Cattle Raisers Relief Fund (CRRF) is administered by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation (TSCRF), a 501(c)3 organization.
Elanco Animal Health pledged an initial donation of $10,000 and the Alabama Farmers Ag Foundation, associated with the Alabama Farmers Federation, has also pledged a donation of approximately $20,000.
Please keep the CRRF in mind if you would like to support Panhandle ranchers, or if you would like to donate after any natural disaster in the areas covered by TSCRA members. Donations to the CRRF may be mailed to TSCRF at 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, or online here.
“Conversations” is excerpted each month from The Cattleman magazine.