Wild fires have destroyed cattle feed in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma
Donations of hay to ranchers affected by this week’s wildfires are pouring in from fellow ranchers. Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma officials report activity has been brisk, and the efforts are helping save starving cows and give support to ranchers struggling in the aftermath of the fires.
The Governors from Texas and Kansas have issued executive orders suspending restrictions for trucks hauling hay and supplies to the wildfire affected areas.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today sent a letter the Chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TXDMV) suspending the permitting requirements, legal height restrictions and associated permit fees for carriers transporting round bales of hay to Carson, Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Potter, Roberts and Wheeler counties. This waiver applies to these eight counties as well as any Texas county through which transport is necessary to reach the disaster response area.
“Due to the ongoing disaster caused by wildfires, livestock producers in these counties are experiencing forage and hay shortages,” reads the letter. “To facilitate the transportation and to ensure that state regulation is not an unnecessary barrier to the emergency transport of hay, I hereby direct you to suspend the permitting requirements and legal height restriction for cylindrical (round) hay bales, as well as associated permit fees, for carriers transporting round bales of hay to these counties.”
Here's the big thing, a lot these poor ranchers are going to have to slaughter fairly quickly. No choice involved. And if you can spare them a prayer you should. It doesn't cost you anything.
On to Earthly matters.
For a brief time afterward beef prices are going to tank but then they are going to skyrocket for a while.
If you have a Sam's Club or Costco membership you should monitor the price of beef primal cuts. If you have the money you might want to buy more than one. Cut them into steaks and stick them in your freezer.
If it feels ghoulish I understand but it's going to happen no matter how you feel about it.