Over 90 ranches in the Wallow Fire, Horseshoe 2 Fire and Murphy Fire areas had their grazing lands burn over in the last five weeks.
It is estimated that over 800,000 acres have been lost…much of it grazing land…. and several of the fires are still burning.
This is a serious problem for ranchers. Grazing lands are highly regulated by BLM and the Forest Service so one cannot just move their cattle from a burnt pasture to one that was not burned under their grazing leases and ranch management plans.
Many ranchers lost all their pastures.
It takes years to build up a good herd or mother cows and bulls…and if the cattle have to be sold off the ranch is wiped out.
Over 7,000 cattle have had to be relocated in the wake of the fires so far.
To help save the impacted ranches the Arizona Cattle Growers Association has started the Great Arizona “”bale out” to seek donations to buy hay for the fire damaged ranches.
From the Arizona Cattle Grower’s Association:
Local cattle herds are being displaced from their grazing lands, forcing Arizona ranchers to find alternative feed options such as hay or alfalfa.
With your help, the Arizona Cattle Growers Association will be able to provide much needed emergency relief for our ranching neighbors. The Arizona Cattle Growers Association is an IRS recognized non-profit organization.
$15 will purchase one bale of hay and feed a cow for three days
$250 will purchase one ton of hay, feeding 60 cows for a day
To make a donation click here.
Contributions may also be made to The Arizona Bale-Out Fund at any Wells Fargo Branch.
To mail your contribution:
Arizona Cattle Growers Association
Arizona Bale-Out Fund
1401 N 24th Street Suite 4
Phoenix, AZ 85008