DALLAS (AP) — State agriculture officials and ranchers are scrambling to secure feed and other supplies for approximately 10,000 cattle and horses that fled this week from wildfires in the Texas Panhandle.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension says in a statement that about 4,200 large bales of hay are needed to feed displaced animals over the next two weeks.
Fencing and trucks to shuttle animals from one location to another are among the needs as ranchers recover from the fires that killed four people and burned about 750 square miles. Wildfires also ravaged parts of Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Jayce Winters, spokeswoman for the Texas Cattle Feeder's Association, says preliminary counts indicate about 1,500 cattle were killed in the fires, but a more precise accounting could be days or weeks away.