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National Guard Drops Thousands of Pounds of Hay to Cattle in Counties Hard-Hit by Harvey

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Following the flooding that ensued when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas, the Army National Guard has set out to deliver hay to the livestock of farmers that were located in waterlogged areas around Beaumont and Houston. In a report by ABC 13, Chief Warrant Officer Randolph Robinson identified, “The request came down from some local ranchers that the cows had been underwater for a couple of weeks, standing in water, and nothing to eat.”

National Guard Drops Thousands of Pounds of Hay to Cattle in Hard-Hit Harvey Counties

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Earlier this week, Willie Nelson took to social media via the Farm Aid site, expressing the concerns of area ranchers, cattlemen/women, and farmers who had been forced to evacuate without the ability to make do for their livestock. In the midst of the flooding, questions yet remain concerning losses pertaining to the agricultural sector, the animals caught in the crux, as well as the food/shelter, legal, and psychological assistance that would be required by families that have made this their livelihood.

National Guard Drops Thousands of Pounds of Hay to Cattle in Hard-Hit Harvey Counties

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Too soon for an official tally, Hurricane Harvey’s total impact on livestock and farming will come later, but the immediate concerns and need are for the care of the estimated 1.2 million beef cows that had grazed in the storm’s affected counties. Chief Warrant Officer Robinson has noted, “In a lot of cases, they are on these little islands that are completely surrounded by floodwaters.” On the first full day of its mission (September 4, 2017), the National Guard identified that its crews managed to deliver 75,000 pounds of hay. Said Robinson: “We don’t like the circumstances, but it’s an honor to be able to come out and help fellow Texans.”