Nebraska Cattlemen is asking state residents to join cattle producers in contributing money to help ranchers in the western part of the state cope with livestock, feed, fencing and building losses due to fires.
"One of the greatest immediate needs is electric fencing," says Melody Benjamin, NC director of member Services and manager of NC's Alliance office. "Many ranchers have had partial pastures burned and they need electric fencing to keep livestock from those areas to protect the animals as well as the burned ground."
The damage assessment is not complete so no one knows how many producers are impacted, but it will be a significant number.
Donations to the Nebraska Fires Fund will be accepted by the Nebraska Cattlemen's Research and Education Foundation, 134 S. 13 St., Suite 900, Lincoln, NE 68508.
Pete McClymont, Nebraska Cattlemen president, says that financial donations are being sought because in most cases it is most efficient and effective.
"Money can be used to make purchases locally, which will benefit ranchers and local merchants, saving labor and fuel charges that would be needed to get donated materials transported to the area," he says
In addition, monetary donations channeled through the Cattlemen's Foundation are tax deductible.
"This is another example of Nebraskans coming together to support their friends and neighbors in a time of need, and I applaud the charitable efforts of the Nebraska Cattlemen," says Gov. Dave Heineman.