(TOPEKA) – About 25 ranching families that experienced major fence damage during tornadoes in southwest Kansas came to Pratt Livestock May 25 to pick up free posts and wire. The fencing supplies were donated by the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and Pratt Livestock through a relief effort initiated by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA).
This is the third distribution of free fencing materials by the organizations. The total value of donated posts and wire to date is between $55,000 and $60,000. That amount includes significant contributions from KLA, Pratt Livestock, LMA, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Cactus Feeders, High Plains Farm Credit and many individual KLA members.
A number of KLA members and staff, led by KLA President David Cross from nearby Edwards County, were on hand to help livestock producers from the hardest hit areas load the free supplies. The latest allotment included 2,500 steel posts, 599 wood posts and 360 quarter-mile rolls of wire. A week earlier, the same groups distributed 2,400 steel posts.
“Although these donations will only make a small dent in the miles and miles of fence destroyed by tornadoes, they are symbolic of the personal service and depth of commitment KLA has to producers and the livestock industry,” said Cross, a cow-calf producer who lives on the fringe of the most heavily damaged area.
Individuals or businesses can send cash donations to help fund fencing donations to KLA, 6031 S.W. 37th, Topeka, Kansas 66617. To be tax deductible, checks should be made to the Kansas Livestock Foundation, with “Greensburg relief effort” in the memo line.
Edwards County Emergency Management is organizing volunteer labor to build fence. Several KLA members already have spent time repairing fence in Kiowa and surrounding counties. Those interested in volunteering should call (620) 659-2188 and ask for Karen.
KLA's mission is to protect the common business interests of members and enhance their ability to meet consumer demand. The association's work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.