BISMARCK, N.D. (June 15, 2009) – North Dakota beef cattle producers, after surviving a harsh winter, experienced devastating losses due to record flooding this spring. Pfizer Animal Health has contributed $5,000 in cash to the National Cattlemen’s Foundation on behalf of the North Dakota disaster relief fund and donated $6,000 worth of product to North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) for auctions to raise additional money for producers in need.
According to Farm Service Agency estimates, more than 90,000 head of beef cattle were lost to the winter weather and spring flooding. Nearly 72,000 head were spring-born calves.
“I could see first-hand the devastation around our area,” says Donny Wald, territory manager with Pfizer Animal Health. “Producers had to hire large equipment just to clear the snow to get to the hay to feed the cows. Snow removal was a major expense this winter. The flooding this spring was a second major blow.”
Wald visited with Julie Ellingson, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation executive vice president, and they determined that the cash and product contribution would be the best way to get the most dollars raised to help producers.
“Pfizer Animal Health has always been a great supporter of our organization and the North Dakota beef industry,” says Ellingson. “Even during the devastation this spring, it was heartwarming to see neighbor helping neighbor and the volunteers stepping up to help. Pfizer Animal Health has been a good neighbor to us this spring.”
Pfizer Animal Health contributed $6,000 worth of DECTOMAX® POUR-ON that was sold at six NDSA-sponsored producer meetings. At each meeting $1,000 worth of product was sold at auction, with all proceeds going to the NDSF to assist cattle producers affected by the spring flooding. The six auctions raised $6,665 towards the cause.
“We had a lot of faithful Pfizer Animal Health customers affected this winter and spring,” says Wald. “They depend on our products and depend on us. This is our chance to help the producers when they need a helping hand.”
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and productivity of the world’s food supply by enhancing the health of livestock and poultry; and in helping companion animals live longer and healthier lives. For additional information on Pfizer Animal Health’s portfolio of products, visit www.PfizerAH.com.