(TOPEKA) – The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Executive Committee has voted to further relief efforts initiated by the Livestock Marketing Association to help victims of early May tornadoes in southwest Kansas. KLA and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) each have donated $5,000 to buy and distribute free fencing supplies to affected producers.
Ranchers in the path of the storms had miles of fence destroyed or heavily damaged. Funds contributed by KLA and TCFA will be used to purchase replacement posts and barbed wire. These items will be available for pickup, free-of-charge to producers who experienced damage. Distribution will take place May 18-19 at the Pratt Livestock auction market. KLA President David Cross of Lewis, several KLA county directors and Pratt Livestock owner Mike Lewis will be on hand to help load materials.
“KLA, as an organization and through individual members, is doing what it can to help ranchers hit hard by severe weather,” said Cross.
Those who would like to make monetary donations to this effort can do so by sending a check to KLA at 6031 S.W. 37th, Topeka, Kansas 66614. Please specify it is for the Greensburg relief effort in the memo line. For more information, call Lewis at (620) 672-5961.
A number of KLA members have called the Topeka office to offer equipment or volunteer labor for clean-up in and around Greensburg. KLA is communicating with Kansas Emergency Management on resources available from the membership.
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.