The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has deployed the first of two animal strike response teams to North Carolina to provide assistance with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.
“Having gone through such a disaster last year here in Texas resulting from Hurricane Harvey, those recovery efforts are still fresh on our minds,” said Dr. Parr Rosson, AgriLife Extension interim director. “This will allow us to provide some helpful guidance in assisting livestock owners with feed and recovery efforts from catastrophic flooding and other effects of the storm. Our thoughts and prayers continue be with everyone affected by this hurricane.”
Last year, AgriLife Extension staged strike teams at various animal supply points around South Texas along the path of Hurricane Harvey. These supply points served as staging areas to receive hay and feed donated by farmers and ranchers throughout Texas as well industry and commodity association partners. Hay and feed donations were valued at $1.3 million.
The supply point has received 60 round bales, 40 square bales, 400 small square bales and 20 tons of feed. A supply point in Wallace County was also receiving resources.
As the waters recede, more livestock owners will access their acreage and “find out what they are dealing with,” Swift said.
Monty Dozier, AgriLife Extension special assistant who has led Texas rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey, said flood waters have begun to recede in counties north and east of where Hurricane Florence made landfall.
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