Early estimates from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service indicate that 20,000 head of displaced cattle and horses in two Southeast Texas counties--Chambers County (Anahuac) and Jefferson County (Beaumont)--are in immediate need of hay and fresh water resulting from Hurricane Ike’s storm surge.
“We need water troughs, hay, feed, portable panels, assistance trailers for livestock (horses and cattle),” said Chambers County Judge Jimmy Silvia in a request to the State Operations Center. Fences are down and many cattle are drifting northward in search of feed and water, said Tyler Fitzgerald, Texas AgriLife Extension agent in Chambers County. “Fresh water is very hard to come by, especially since many of these sources have been overtaken by sea water as a result of the storm surge,’ he said. Some round bales have already been dispersed along some county roads where cattle are known to be displaced, he said.
White’s Memorial Park on State Highway 61, south of Interstate 10 near Anahuac, TX, is serving as the staging and distribution point for hay and feed resources. Many of the displaced cattle are in areas along State Highway 73.
To make a tax-deductible cash or credit card donation, call (979) 845-2604 or go to Texas AgriLife Extension Services and follow the prompts to “No Fences” Hurricane Ike Horse and Cattle relief. To make a donation of hay, feed, water troughs, transportation and other in-kind donations, call the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Hay Hotline at (877) 429-1998 or (800) 835-5832 and press zero.